LeBron: Obama could hold his own in one-on-one matchup

Newly minted Miami Heat star LeBron James said Thursday night that he thinks President Barack Obama could hold his own in a one-on-one game of hoops.

James, after announcing a highly anticipated decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Heat, said he wouldn't mind a showdown at the White House.

"I think President Obama would hold his own. I've seen him shoot the ball — he's a lefty, too. You know, pretty much all lefties can shoot," James said on ESPN following his announcement. "He's worked on his game a lot; I've seen him playing with the North Carolina University also. So I think he'll hold his own."

Obama had publicly rooted for James to join the president's hometown Chicago Bulls during the offseason free-agency sweepstakes that started at the beginning of this month. The president had continued to pull for his Bulls as late as Wednesday, according to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, or, at the very least, for James to stay with his hometown Cavs.

The competition for James crossed firmly into the realm of politics over the past few weeks, with lawmakers sounding off as to why James should have signed with teams in their city or state.

At least one lawmaker, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), mocked James after his decision.

"Ho-hum. Cleveland? Miami? When Lebron decides he wants to play in a major-league city, he can look us up," Weiner said. "New York City has a combined 51 championship titles. LeBron has zero. No biggie."

James had been considering signing with the New York Knicks or New Jersey Nets, a team that will move to Brooklyn in the near future.

As for James, he said that if he gets that invitation to the White House, Obama might have the upper hand.

"How long would he last? I'm not sure; it all depends," James said. "He'll have home court. I may have to go down to his home court in Washington, so he may beat me."