There’s more to Obama hooping it up than just vote pandering in NC and IN:
A senior Democrat strategist privy to Obama's campaign said: "He's sick of the battle against Clinton. He wants to get stuck into McCain. His people have had to remind him that this thing isn't over yet and he needs to focus and put her away."
In a press conference on Friday, Mr Obama conceded: "We've had a rough couple of weeks, I won't deny that. I don't think what happened with Rev Wright was helpful." [...]
Mr Axelrod said Mr Obama had been using games of basketball to let off steam. He said the Wright affair had undoubtedly had some impact on voters, but claimed his candidate was ready for the fight ahead.
No, Obama transcends such blatant campaign tactics.
Here's how it is: in a lot of these races in recent states like North Carolina and Indiana, Obama has been beaten down so long, and he feels so betrayed by Hillary and her campaign, and when Obama hears a pitch that is premised on not being cynical about the primaries, then a part of him just doesn't buy it.
So it's not surprising then that he gets bitter, he clings to basketballs or high-tops or antipathy to people who are trying to take the rock to the hole on him or anti-zone defense sentiment as a way to explain his frustrations.