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President Obama to host NBA lockout charity game

Nov 19, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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Sure, we’ve grown a little weary of the NBA lockout charity games. But when the president calls and says he is putting a game together guys are going to lace it up for that one.

Well, it’s to help fundraise for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, so maybe we shouldn’t expect to see Spencer Hawes.

But the game is on and plenty of stars will play, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

Friday night,, a fundraising wing, announced that an NBA lockout game will be held Dec. 12 at a yet-to-be-announced venue in Washington, with Miami Heat forwards Chris Bosh and Juwan Howard, as well as Heat executive Alonzo Mourning among those on the playing rosters….

Among others listed to participate in the event are New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul, Knicks center Amare Stoudemire, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher, who had headed the now-defunct NBA players’ union…. Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Tyson Chandler, Jamal Crawford, Baron Davis, Rudy Gay, Blake Griffin, Tyler Hansbrough, Juwan Howard, Antawn Jamison, Dahntay Jones, Kevin Love, Cheryl Miller, Reggie Miller, Dikembe Mutombo, Quentin Richardson, Tina Thompson, John Wall and Russell Westbrook.

The league has already stepped in and said this is game is exempt from the rules preventing team employees from interacting with players, so Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and Orlando Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing will be the coaches for the game. That also clears the way for Mourning, who has been out of the league since a 2007 knee injury and works for the Heat.

No official word, but Obama himself is not expected to lace it up for this game. Which is too bad, we wanted to see Reggie Miller drain a three over him them make the choking sign like he was talking to Spike Lee.

  1. pr3zths - Nov 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    I take it your not a Obama supporter for the choke comment. It was funny tho.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 19, 2011 at 11:26 AM

      Actually, I would just never let my political leanings get in the way of a good joke.

      • hellinisamoron - Nov 19, 2011 at 1:19 PM

        Most of your stories are jokes. Here let me write your next one. Players good….Owners bad…that should cover it. Well done Hellin.

    • skids003 - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:41 AM

      Knowing the policies the President backs, I’m surprised anyone that makes what these guys make would back him in anything. Let me guess why they do?

  2. seanb20124 - Nov 19, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Oh cool a fundraiser

  3. bjtmeyer - Nov 19, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    This is a joke. How about a charity game where the money goes towards something more useful like cancer research?

  4. thridandlong - Nov 19, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    How about a Charity game for the 1%….oh wait, they just take without asking…never mind !

  5. yournuts - Nov 19, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    You would think that the President of the United States would have something better to do than host a charity basketball game? Like maybe, working on the economy?

    • philtration - Nov 19, 2011 at 9:31 PM

      I knew before I even clicked on the post that there would be someone saying “You would think that the President of the United States would have something better to do”

      It does not matter who the President is and it does not matter what he is doing instead of “fixing the world”
      It is just the same stupid comment thrown out over and over again.

  6. namriverrat69 - Nov 19, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    He misses watching a bunch of spoiled overpaid rich tatted thugs playing street ball on TV. Our fearless leader who thinks we have 57 states and said he was glad to be back in Asia when he spoke in Hawaii the other day. One would think that since he was born and lived there he might remember it is a state and not some Asian foreign country.

    Doesn’t he have more important things to do than apply himself to bring together a charity pro basketball game because he misses basketball. I mean people are still losing their homes by the thousands, whole families are homeless and without food. He has involved our country in two more military expeditions in new foreign countries while we are still trying to disengage from Iraq and Afganistan. All his attention should be applied to making life better for American citizens President Obama supposedly represents (minus millions and millions of illegal aliens invading our fair country and stealing our resouces with stolen IDs). Then again, he bowed to an Aftican King and acknowledging his superiority. If he thinks we are inferior then we must be. It does cause one to wonder who besides George Soros is he really working for?

    He was given an honorary degree from Harvard wasn’t he? Why else would his transcripts not be released?

    Well, he has my vote in the next election because there is no one else out there who can do voodoo the way he doo. (a line from Blazing Saddles and the reference is not intended to be racist although there will be some who can’t see the forest for the trees and claim it is). He has accomplished so much during his administration so far I just can’t wait to see what wonderful things he will do for the American people during his next administration. Then again, if he chooses to not help us, the American citizen, I’m sure he will do wonderful things to make life in these United States easier on the Illegal Aliens invading us. They already get fee health care, free education, discounted college tuition and fees in California where they pay less than a California born U.S. Citizen. They get free food stamps, discounted utilities. Imagine how much easier life would be if U.S. citizens were treated equally with the invading hordes of Mexico’s excess population who practice no birth control. They don’t care about taking of care for their own poor citizens so they shove them over the border into our country. They can now use their Mexican consular card for legal ID in parts of California and it is only a matter of time when it will be used througout the state or they will be granted valid U.S. drivers licenses which would allow them to use as ID to vote in our elections. Just think, Illegal Aliens who are all criminals just by breaking by entering out country illegally will be allowed to vote in our elections. If only their bastard government allowed U.S. citizens the same rights in Mexico they scream and cry for in our country. What a bunch of f—ing corrupt hypocrites.

    Like so many celebreties in the past, perhaps President and his lovely bride will celebrate his next term by taking the family to Disneyland/Disneyworld/EuroDisney/JapanDisney (then he really would be back in Asia) to celebrate on a family vacation. Disneyland is so special for kids and if you are going to take them do it while they are young enough to enjoy the magical atmosphere of the place. His kids would have a blast.

    I love you President Obama! GO OBAMA, GO OBAMA, JUST GO . . .

    • carolinakid - Nov 19, 2011 at 6:13 PM

      Wow … Faux news rears its ugly head on a sports blog.

      You blame Obama for the lack of jobs. He just recently tried to pass a jobs bill. Why is it blocked ? The GOP congress. The same old tired,blame Obama, faux news/gop talking points.
      Who killed OsamaBLaden ? Who ? You can say it, or can you ?

      Now all you have to do is watch more ESPN and less Fox snooze.

    • blueintown - Nov 21, 2011 at 8:59 AM

      Ugh. Nam, you are deplorable.

  7. eaglesandravens - Nov 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM


  8. bearsstillsuck - Nov 19, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    please namriverrat, stop your bitching. this is a basketball site, not a place where you can recite what you learned from fox news. if you told me your favorite politician I could go on an equally as long tirade about them ( make my job easy and say Herman Cain or Rick Perry). nobody is perfect, the owners aren’t, the players aren’t, and believe it or not, rush limbaugh isn’t either. its incredible the amount of bitching that goes on in here, but at least keep it on basketball.

  9. philtration - Nov 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    You really want to see something funny?
    Watch the GOP debates.

  10. steelerhypocrite - Nov 19, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    The only thing a majority of Americans care less about than the NBA, is seeing this narcissist get elected for 4 more years and finish the job of destroying this great country.

  11. nfcnorth2011 - Nov 19, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    I just think it’s a dumb move the NBA and it’s players doing a fundraiser for Obama. Hey this is going to piss off allot of conservative folks. With ticket sales down and declining television ratings this is just one more bad marketing move for the NBA to have to deal with after the lockout.

  12. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Nov 20, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    What percentile does the average NBA player fall within?

  13. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Nov 20, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    A $1 million household income is 99.5%. Cue the OWS protest.

  14. deenice810 - Nov 20, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    I hear that the owners are preparing their own charity game. It will consist of the extremely overpaid players which will include Andre Iguodala, Rashard Lewis, Andres Nocioni and Gilbert Arenas. The profits from the game will go to the hundreds of people who work at the arenas that lost their jobs because of the greedy players.

  15. cosanostra71 - Nov 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    hopefully next year we can get someone in who is more interested in being president than a celebrity.

  16. nfcnorth2011 - Nov 20, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Bad P.R. move. Don’t expect Republicans to be loving the NBA or supporting the jersey sales of players who are supporting Obama. They have the right to free speech but now I’ll exercise mine, and stop my television viewing of NBA games.

    • blueintown - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:53 AM

      No you won’t. You say you will. But you won’t.

  17. Earpiece - Nov 23, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    I wouldn’t mind the Reggie Miller bit, so long as Obama is able to do the same to a horrendous field of Republican potentials in 2012. Besides, isn’t that “choking” sign exactly what they’ve been giving the American people?

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