Obama wants a basketball court in White House

Los Angeles, Jun 16 | Updated: Jun 17 2008, 06:08am hrs
Barack Obama sidestepped picking a winner in Sundays National Basketball Association Finals game, but the basketball aficionado is ready to take a firm stand if he makes it to the White House.

I hear there's a bowling alley and obviously that hasn't gone too well, Obama told comic Jimmy Kimmel in a satellite interview from Philadelphia yesterday. So we're getting rid of the bowling alley and replacing it with a basketball court in the White House.

Obama was referring to his disastrous attempt at bowling a few weeks before Pennsylvanias Democratic primary in April. The party's presumptive nominee for president is much more at ease on the basketball court. Obama was appearing on Kimmels pregame show before ABC's broadcast of Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Illinois senator diplomatically avoided picking a favourite between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics: "I'm a Bulls fan," said the Chicagoan.

Kimmel also asked Obama to describe a typical Father's Day in his family's household. There's usually some experiment with waffles or pancakes. And then we usually go to church, Obama said.

Usually I get a hall pass, which means that I might be able to play golf or play some basketball and goof off a little bit. And my wife is especially nice to me that day.