Obama’s advice to Dublin High: ‘Play defense.’

Dublin mayor Tim Sbranti posted this to Facebook a few minutes ago:

Just attended a U.S Mayors’ Conference reception at the White House. It was very crowded and I only had about 5-10 seconds of President Obama’s attention. Knowing that he’s a basketball player in his spare time, I asked him to give one bit of advice to the Dublin High basketball team that I help coach. The President said to tell our guys to “Play defense. As long as they play good defense everything else on the court will take care of itself.” Excellent advice for the Gaels directly from the leader of the free world.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

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