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Few people would engage in a pastime likely to knock your teeth out, but President Obama has lost several on the court. Playing often on the FBI's basketball court—with former Education Secretary Arne Duncan or White House staffers—the president makes time for his favorite sport of more than 30 years.

Barack Obama a member of the Punahou Hawaii prep-school basketball team.  (Flickr/Senor Glory)
President Barack Obama shoots a basket as he plays on the basketball court on the White House South Lawn during the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 6, 2015. Washington Wizards basketball player John Wall watches at right; Arizona Cardinals football player Calais Campbell is at left.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama, left, with his brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, react to to Wisconsin-Green Bay scoring against Princeton during the second half of a women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament in College Park, Maryland, March 21, 2015. Obama's niece Leslie Robinson, plays for Princeton, which advanced to the next round after winning 80-to-70. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama holds up a San Antonio Spurs team basketball jersey. He honored the 2014 NBA champions during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, January 12, 2015. With Obama are, clockwise from the bottom, guard Tony Parker, forward Kawhi Leonard, guard Marco Belinelli, forward/center Jeff Ayres, and guard Cory Joseph.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama walks into the United Center during an NBA basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls in Chicago, October 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)
President Barack Obama tosses a basketball as he tours the 2014 White House Science Fair exhibits that are on display in the State Dining Room, May 27, 2014. Students from Hudson, Massachusetts, showed Obama their basketball catapult. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama watches as the players are introduced at the Princeton vs. Green Bay women's college basketball game in College Park, Maryland, March 21, 2015. Obama's niece Leslie Robinson plays for Princeton. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama shoots a basketball during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden take their seats as they attend an Olympic men's basketball exhibition game between Brazil and Team USA in Washington, July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden attend an Olympic men's basketball exhibition game between Brazil and Team USA in Washington, July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama waves after playing basketball at the athletic facility at Fort McNair in Washington, November 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama shoots a basket at a basketball workshop with the Harlem Globetrotters and NBA players at the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama wear a Chicago Bulls basketball cap as he speaks at a Democratic National Committee fundraising event at Navy Pier in Chicago, April 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
President Barack Obama, Press Secretary Jay Carney (left), and trip director Marvin Nicholson (right) play basketball between events at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, October 25, 2011.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama shoots hoops with his personal aide, Reggie Love, at the White House basketball court, January 18, 2010.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama plays basketball with White House staffers while on vacation at Martha's Vineyard, August 26, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama plays basketball at Fort McNair in Washington, May 9, 2009.  (Official White House photo by Pete Souza.)
President Barack Obama, along with members of Congress and Cabinet secretaries, jockeys for a rebound during a basketball game on the White House court, October 8, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama plays basketball with Reggie Love at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City, September 23, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama shoots hoops with Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough, Staff Secretary Lisa Brown, and National Security Advisor General Jim Jones while attending the G-8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, July 8, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama tosses up a gift basketball presented to him by the University of Connecticut Huskies women's head basketball coach Geno Auriemma during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, where the president honored the NCAA championship team, September 15, 2015, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama tosses a basketball in the East Room of the White House during a ceremony honoring the 2014 WNBA Champions, the Phoenix Mercury, August 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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