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    Barack Obama draws parallels with Michael Jordan, keeps faith in Derrick Rose

    Nov 18, 2015

    SO how can one be a leader like Barack Obama?

    Meeting with world leaders such as in the APEC Summit — Probably.

    Watching Michael Jordan in the playoffs — Definitely.

    In a recent interview with Bill Simmons for GQ magazine, US president Barack Obama compared being a leader to Michael Jordan’s command on the court with the Chicago Bulls.

    “Part of what I try to do — not at the level that Jordan did on the basketball court, but part of what you aspire to as president or any of these positions of leadership — is to try to figure out how to be in the moment, make the best decision you can, know that you’re going to get a bunch of them right, but a bunch of times you’re also not going to get it exactly the way you want it,” Obama said 

    “Jordan had some stinker games in the playoffs. But he would get that out of his mind, and then the next moment comes and he’s right there. He could have a terrible game for the first three quarters and then suddenly go crazy the fourth.”

    Obama made various references to sport when asked about different things, saying he would be interested in becoming part of an ownership group in an NBA team, and even made an analysis of the Derrick Rose injury situation.

    While several may be looking for a new hero, Obama is keeping the faith.

    The US president admitted it could be very difficult for Rose to get back to top form, the way he was four years ago when he won the MVP title.

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    But the former Illinois State senator believes the Chicago playmaker-scorer is still a Top 10 guard in the league.

    The oft-injured Rose just days ago hurt his left ankle, and before that he sustained an orbital fracture.

    “I’ve not given up on him,” Obama said.

    “Sadly, I think it’s hard to imagine, after that many injuries, him getting back to his MVP-season performance. But he can still be a top-ten point guard.”

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