President Barack Obama plays with a ball given to by the University of Kentucky basketball team during an event in the East Room at the White House, on May 4, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama was honoring the Kentucky Wildcats for winning its eighth NCAA national championship. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politically speaking, you’d think President Barack Obama would have a free pass to pick a winner in the NBA championship. The game pits the Oklahoma City Thunder from solidly Republican Oklahoma against the Miami Heat, in the crucial swing state of Florida.

Asked by a television reporter from Reno, Nev., to predict a winner on Monday Obama demurred.

Obama, an avid basketball fan, said, quoting: “Both teams look terrific and I am looking forward to a good series. Hopefully, it will go to seven games. But I can’t make a prediction right now. They both look pretty tough.”

 

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