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Arne Duncan is retiring but his highlights from the NBA all-star celebrity games shall live on forever

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan warms up for a charity basketball tournament in 2010. (Susan Biddle/The Washington Post)

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Friday he’ll retire at the end of the year, but let’s hope the NBA can still find a spot for him to play during its annual all-star celebrity game. The guy has skills.

Duncan, who captained the varsity squad at Harvard before playing professionally in Australia for five years, played in the star-studded NBA event in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

In 2014, Duncan racked up 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead his team to victory, but he still failed to win over the public who voted entertainer Kevin Hart as the game’s MVP. But the pint-size comedian — who racked up just seven points, four assists and zero rebounds — couldn’t accept the award in good faith, so he ended up handing it over to Duncan.

“I can’t take this one,” Hart said. “I have to be a humble loser. Arne Duncan, man, I gotta respectfully give you the MVP trophy. Arne Duncan — phenomenal player.”

The best part was probably the hug.