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.

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"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.