By Justin Sink
Randy Brown, Scottie Pippen, etc, all here!Going to be a fun day!— Alexi Giannoulias (@Giannoulias) November 6, 2012
Okay, good news: Pippen and B.O. are both on my team!Reggie, Sec Duncan- here we come...— Alexi Giannoulias (@Giannoulias) November 6, 2012
The gym, a 65,000-square-foot facility, is owned by Tim Grover, an athletic trainer for NBA stars including Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
The games have taken on an air of superstition for the Obama campaign after Obama skipped out on a chance to play on the day of the 2008 New Hampshire primary, which he subsequently lost to Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonLatinos matter: Donald Trump and Hillary missed huge in first debate? Madonna defends Rosie O’Donnell from Trump Reid: Trump thinks paying taxes a 'fool's errand' MORE.
"We made the mistake of not playing basketball once," senior aide Robert Gibbs told USA Today on Monday. "We won't make that mistake again."
But the game drew some criticism from Republicans, including Romney travelling press secretary Rick Gorka.
Obama would rather play basketball than be President, luckily for him, voters will free up his schedule... #VoteRomney— Rick Gorka (@Rick_Gorka) November 6, 2012