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Scott Brown plays hoops with former Charlestown High star, then takes in a Celine Dion concert in New Zealand

Scott Brown in 2016.
Scott Brown in 2016.(Carolyn Kaster/AP/file)

This diplomat’s got game.

Scott Brown, the US ambassador to New Zealand and former senator from Massachusetts, recently hit the hardwood in his diplomatic post to play hoops with a pro team that features a former Charlestown High School basketball standout.

On Twitter on Monday, Brown posted a photo of himself posing with New Zealand Breakers boss Matt Walsh and Breakers player Rashid Al-Kaleem, a Dorchester native who starred at Charlestown High and went on to play guard for the University of Florida.

“Pretty cool way to end the day,” Brown tweeted. “Got to play some hoop with @NZBreakersowner @mattyvincent44 and new Breakers player, Dorchester, MA native Rashid Al Kaleem. Good to play some bball (and lose-but try really hard). Time to take some Aleve. Ha.”

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Coming out of high school, Al-Kaleem boasted “unlimited shooting range” and “was one of the top prep players in the state of Massachusetts before coming to Florida,” says his bio on the Florida website, which describes him as the “first player from the state of Massachusetts to play for the Gators.”

He played sparingly during two seasons in Gainesville and later joined the semipro Manchester, N.H., Millrats before eventually landing in New Zealand.

Brown, for his part, took in a Celine Dion concert the day after hooping it up with Al-Kaleem.

The ambassador, a multi-instrumentalist who’s appeared onstage with rock band Cheap Trick, tweeted out a video of Dion performing in front of a packed arena in Auckland.

“Alright. Yes, I’m a rocker guy. Got to admit @celinedion is so incredibly talented,” Brown wrote. “Great show in #Auckland. Should come to #Wellington. Sold out. #Inspirational.”


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.