President-elect Barack ObamaBarack ObamaPerez: Honor the fallen by helping veterans EPA chief puts new spotlight on cleanup program Defense hawks gird for budget brawl MORE today asserted that he has assembled the best basketball-playing White House Cabinet ever, following the addition of former pro Arne Duncan as incoming secretary of Education.

"I did not pick Arne becase he is one of the best basketball players I know," Obama said today at a news conference announcing Duncan's selection.

But, Obama said, "I think we are putting