David Stern, who announced on Thursday he would be stepping down as commissioner, told the Reuters news agency that Obama, an avid basketball fan, isn't "that good."
"He's not that good," Stern said. "He's a lefty, he goes the same way every time. I'm sorry. And I'm a loyal Democrat, a passionate Democrat and he's not as good as he thinks he is."
Stern went on to say that NBA players respect Obama.
"He relates well to our players. He's got a lot of people around him who are b-ball fans," Stern continued. "I think the politics of it is the players appreciate who he is and what he's accomplished and those that support him support him because of that."