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Barack Obama took Tony Parker over Chris Paul in point guard debate

Barack Obama, Manu Ginobili, Cory Joseph, Gregg Popovich

President Barack Obama shakes hands with San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker of France, joined by guard Manu Ginobili of Argentina, left, Cory Joseph of Canada, second from right, and head coach Gregg Popovich, right, as the president honored the 2014 NBA Champions the San Antonio Spurs basketball team during a ceremony in the East Room White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


Tony Parker or Chris Paul?

Those two have been key contenders in the NBA’s endless point guard debate. Paul has the better numbers, but Parker has been more successful in the playoffs.

President Barack Obama took Parker, according to an excerpt of the new book by Reggie Love – Obama’s former aide and a member of Duke’s 2001 national-championship team – published in The Wall Street Journal:

I’ll never forget the night I got an email from the future president of the United States consisting only of Tony Parker’s stat line.

I typed an email back to Barack Obama: “Those are good numbers. But it was against a weak team.” Then I added Chris Paul’s stats.

It began with that back-and-forth during the 2007 NBA playoffs. Who was going to be right? The debate went on for years. After Paul, a Los Angeles Clippers guard, won the All-Star Game MVP in 2013, Obama reluctantly conceded, though Parker’s collection of four championship rings with the San Antonio Spurs may make the president’s case for him a little better than mine for Paul.

I would have taken Paul over Parker then, and I’m sticking with that now.

But if we bring Stephen Curry into the discussion…