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Scouting report: Obama goes left

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 30, 2008 at 9:35 pm with No Comments »
October 30, 2008 9:35 pm

The most memorable thing about today’s Pac-10 basketball media day was our Q&A session with new Oregon State coach Craig Robinson, who also happens to be Barack Obama’s brother-in-law.

Robinson talked a lot about how his life might change Tuesday, depending on the results of the election. And I’ll have a story about that in the Friday paper.

However, one answer didn’t make the paper, and it was Robinson’s scouting report on Obama’s basketball game.

So here it is, now:

“I can give you a scouting report on his game. I’ll also make a comment about his judgment: We have never played one-on-one. He knows exactly what he’s doing.

“I describe him as, 85 to 90 percent of the people who play basketball are pickup basketball players. They’re not college players or pros or European guys. They’re just average run-of-the-mill guys. And I think he is in the top quartile of guys who play pickup basketball. So he can play pickup basketball with just about anybody.

“His scouting report would be: He’s left-handed, and he’s a true lefty. He’s not one of these lefties who’s better going to their right. He is a left-handed left-hander. So he’s going left, and if you stop him from going left he’ll pick it up and shoot it. He has a very good outside shot as most people do as they get older. He’s wiry strong and he knows the game, which makes it fun to play with him. He’s a very high basketball IQ player, so it’s fun to play with him.”

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