"It is very rare I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person," President Obama said, according to the pool report. "Usually the folks want to take a picture with me, sit next to me, talk to me. That has not been the case at this event and I completely understand."
Here's more from the pool report:
President Obama addressed about 120 people at a dinner held on a stage in the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, many of them connected to pro basketball. Michael Jordan and David Stern were standing at the microphone as the pool entered the room. ...
Obama acknowledged Jordan, Stern and Duncan (“an outstanding basketball player in his own right”) at the top of his remarks. He also said there were some legendary Knicks in the house.
“This is my dream team.” ...
He wound up by saying: “I can’t resist a basketball analogy. We are in the fourth quarter. We’re up by a few points but the other side is coming strong and they, they, they play a little dirty. (Laughter) We’ve got a few folks on our team in foul trouble. We’ve got a couple of injuries and I believe that they’ve got one last run in them.”
“I’d say there’s about seven minutes to go in the game. And Michael’s competitiveness is legendary and nobody knows better than Michael that if you’ve got a little bit of a lead and there’s about seven minutes ago, that’s when you put them away.”