Obama's passion for the game and joy for shooting hoops are much talked about, and the president-elect has even joked that he is assembling the best basketball-playing Cabinet in history.
Asked if he would do his best to humiliate Obama on the basketball court if they ever play one-on-one, Holder bragged a bit about his own game but conceded victory to the boss.
"He's 10 years younger than me," Holder replied. "He plays a lot more frequently than I do. Having said that, I have a New York City game. I come from the city that produced Connie Hawkins, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nate "Tiny" Archibald. I learned how to play ball on PS127 in Queens. If you give me a little time and a little space to get back in shape, I think I can hang with him."
But Holder conceded he doesn't think he'll "ever be in a position to beat him."
"Nor do I think that would be a wise thing to do," he said.