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  1. Barack Obama’s Twitter account has an opening night message for Derrick Rose

    Oct 29, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

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    It’s nice to know that President Obama is anticipating the start of the NBA season as much as the rest of us. Or, should we say, the staffer who runs his Twitter account. Welcome back, @DRose. #BullsNation — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 29, 2013 The disclaimer on the President’s official page — which has over…

  2. Obama spent part of election day playing hoops with Pippen

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

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    You know how in college you woke up after about two hours of sleep before the 9 a.m. test you were cramming for most of the night before, and when you got out of bed you were kind of resigned to a “I’ve tried, whatever happens now happens” attitude. Sounds like Barack Obama is there…

  3. Jordan, Carmelo do some fundraising with President Obama

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

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    Just like you and I, the people around the NBA care who is president. And while you can’t draw hard and fast lines, a quick look at who donated to whom shows players pretty much lean Democratic and front office/ownership leans Republican. Democrat Barack Obama used some of that player star power for a series…

  4. Linsanity has reached the White House — Obama “impressed”

    Feb 15, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Our national Baller-in-Chief has caught Linsanity just like everyone else. Jeremy Lin added to his legend with a game-winning three Tuesday night over Toronto that had enough swagger for all of New York. Barack Obama is a hoops fan — remember, he had a court installed at the White House — and he has a…

  5. Video: Watch Barack Obama joke around with Mavericks

    Jan 9, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    U.S. President Obama hosts 2011 NBA champions Dallas Mavericks at the White House in Washington

    Mark Cuban twisted arms and bench schedules to get his champion Dallas Mavericks a date at the White House. The league did not schedule the Mavericks to make a stop in Washington D.C. as part of the shortened post-lockout schedule but Cuban found a way. Obama jokes around with Dallas, saying the veteran team was…

  6. Mark Cuban pissed league didn’t schedule White House visit

    Jan 3, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

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    In the condensed 66-game NBA schedule this year, the Dallas Mavericks are not scheduled to visit the Washington Wizards. That trip to Washington D.C. also means the traditional visit to the White House for the NBA champions — Mark Cuban has worked and waited a long time for his team to win a title and…

  7. Obama postpones hoops fundraiser due to training camps

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:48 PM EDT

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    The NBA season will stop for no man. Not even the president. Barack Obama’s fundraiser game featuring a number of NBA stars (and some pretty sweet jerseys) has been postponed until the summer. The game had been scheduled for Dec. 12, which is now three days into training camps. Tickets started at $100 and went…

  8. Quote of the Day: President Obama is pleased the NBA season is saved

    Nov 27, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Championship Education & Service Project

    President Obama’s a gifted public speaker. But he summed up the feelings of millions of NBA fans Sunday when he commented on the NBA and its players reaching a handshake agreement to save the 2011-2012 NBA season. After playing basketball at Fort McNair on Saturday, President Barack Obama seemed to approve the tentative deal reached…

  9. Jerseys for Obama fundraiser game are pretty sweet

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Conveniently on the market just in time for Black Friday, we bring you the latest in presidential basketball game wear. Barack Obama is hosting a charity fundraising game Dec. 12 that will feature a number of NBA players helping Obama pad his reelection campaign coffers. (If there is a Thanksgiving miracle and the lockout is…

  10. 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…

  11. Don’t expect President Obama to help with lockout either

    Nov 14, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

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    NBA fans desperate for one voice of reason to step in and smack the NBA owners and players to their senses better not look to president Barack Obama for that help. Obama, a huge basketball and NBA fan (who attended Michigan State vs. North Carolina on an aircraft carrier last week), is treating the NBA…

  12. Another day, more Shaq stories: Today, Big Baby gets smacked

    Nov 3, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

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    Every day more excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s new book come out, and every day we move a little closer to buying the book when it comes out. We’ve heard stories from Shaq’s Lakers era, Cavaliers era and Heat era, on tap today is Boston. The Boston Globe has excerpts from the book about Shaq’s time…

  13. President Obama also doesn’t understand why there’s a lockout

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

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    If you have the chance to interview the president, do you ask him about the Kardashians and the NBA lockout? Actually, I probably would ask about the lockout, but then again I write about the NBA every day. It’s on my mind. President Barack Obama was on the Jay Leno show Tuesday night and in…

  14. Italian team asks President Obama to help recruit Kobe

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

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    Claudio Sabatini, the owner of Italian league club Virtus Bologna, is both a media whore and desperate. He has tried desperately to land Kobe Bryant and gone public with it to get attention every step of the way. Now, with a $2 million offer for one game out there, Sabatini found a way to come…

  15. President Obama “a little heartbroken” over NBA lockout

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

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    President Barack Obama has problems, ones that dwarf yours and mine. In the best of times the president has life-or-death issues to deal with daily, and these are not the best of times. Like you and me, he needs an occasional escape rom those problems. Like you and me, the NBA and basketball can provide…

  16. Even Obama thinks Rondo needs to get a jumper

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

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    One game this March, Rajon Rondo’s jumper was just off. What game? Take your pick. But this time it was President Barack Obama’s fault. At least that’s how Shaquille O’Neal remembers it. Shaq, who was with the Celtics in spirit last year if not on the court, has a new book coming out written with…

  17. President did call Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle

    Jun 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Getting a call from the President of the United States (and getting to visit the White House during the next season) is one of the perks of winning an NBA title. Traditionally the call is a pretty perfunctory thing — but with Barack Obama in the White House it’s a little different. He knows the…

  18. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    How the Golden State Warriors are Barack Obama. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra talks distractions. What could he possibly be referring to? There’s some real concern in Boston about these Celtics. I’d say we said the same thing last year heading into the playoffs, but this feels different, doesn’t it? In the NBA, the iPad is everywhere.…

  19. Tom Thibodeau had Obama in his corner for Bulls job

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

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    Don’t mess with Tom Thibodeau, the man has supporters in high places. The highest of places. The story goes back a few years. Thibodeau coached for a while at Harvard as a young assistant, and one of his charges was a younger Arne Duncan, co-captain of the team. Thibs impressed Duncan, and that paid off…

  20. Others in praise of Bill Russell

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    Bill Russell is a legend. A legend in a way we so rarely see athletes be anymore — a powerful force off the court for his beliefs as well as on it. Today taking a stand might get in the way of endorsement deals, so most players (particularly elite ones) steer clear of controversial topics.…

  21. Video: Watch Bill Russell get the Medal of Freedom

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    Celtics legend Bill Russell was given Medal of Freedom today at the White House by President Barack Obama. Here is what Obama had to say about Russell: “Bill Russell, the man, is someone who stood up for the rights and dignity of all men. He marched with King; he stood by Ali. When a restaurant…

  22. Kobe Bryant and Barack Obama talking trash

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Championship Education & Service Project

    Kobe Bryant has met Barack Obama enough times that when asked how many times he had met the president he had a hard time remembering exactly if it was four or five. Whatever, it was one more after Monday when the Lakers did the traditional “champions meet the president” thing in a nontraditional way at…

  23. Lakers write letters to injured soldiers, meet President Obama

    Dec 13, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

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    Mr. President Barack Obama, why not just have the Lakers over to the White House again like you did last year? “Kobe and Derek have been there so often they could lead tours by themselves. Same for Coach Jackson.” (via the LA Times Mike Bresnahan’s twitter account) So they packed up the standard event every…

  24. Obama to meet with Lakers at community service event

    Dec 9, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

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    The Lakers have been saying for some time that they didn’t want this trip to the White House — for the annual President shakes the hand of the NBA Champions meeting — to be another Rose Garden photo op. Everyone’s been there and done that, they wanted something different. They will get together and meet…

  25. Charles Barkley on playing Obama: “I’ll kick his (behind)”

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Charles Barkley speaks truth to power. Well, actually he just talks a lot. Some of it is truth, some bravado, some is… fertilizer. You can categorize Barkley’s comments to Conan O’Brien on taking on President Barack Obama in a game of one-on-one in in whichever of those categories you want (via Ball Don’t Lie). “I’m…

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