Kobe Bryant: President Obama Talks Trash on the Basketball Court

Kobe Bryant and President Barack Obama

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updated 09/28/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET

originally published 09/28/2012 AT 2:15 PM ET

L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant is one of the best players in the NBA, but there is one opponent he goes a little easy on: President Barack Obama.

Bryant, who has played some games against the commander-in-chief at the White House, says Obama is “very, very good” on the basketball court, but Bryant was tentative about going full-out during their competitions.

“The thing that s interesting is that if he makes a nice move, you kind of catch yourself,” Bryant tells Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show Friday. “I m going to steal the ball from him. Then all the sudden, I start peeking around looking for the CIA. I say, you know, I should just let him go.”

DeGeneres agrees, advising Bryant, “Let him win.”


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