Barack Obama’s pull with African American celebrities, particularly athletes, particularly NBA players, has never been questioned, rather has posted a lighter side to the President’s reign as the leader of the ‘free world’.
Upon his first birthday in the White House, Obama organised a game of basketball on the President’s court, inviting over 10 of the world’s greatest basketball players. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, you name it, they were all there.
Now it seems the NBA players are trying to give a little something back to the first African American President in the nations history, someone that has unified the country (as much as humanly possible anyway) and reiterated equal aspirational opportunities to people of all races.
I will stop before this begins to sound like an article written by the Liberals. I live in Australia and am completely impartial…
Nonetheless the growing foursome that is LeBron, Wade, Carmelo and CP3 announced earlier this week that a four game exhibition tour was to commence in December, with proceeds going to food drives, sports clinics and other educational programs.
This is a mere warm up for the first ever Obama Classic basketball game, featuring the NBA’s greatest past and present players. This will be a direct fundraiser for the President’s campaign to win re-election into the White House and will be staged in Washington DC on December 12th.
Since it is a fundraiser directly for the President himself, tickets will not be cheap.
If anyone had been missing the NBA, they will feel nostalgia with these prices. General admission tickets will sell for around $200, whereas the premier court side seats will go for around $5000.
Some of the names confirmed consist of Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Kevin Durant, Baron Davis, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love, whilst Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing and many other past stars will also be playing. Derek Fisher will appear on the court for the first time since his Lakers were swept way back in May, which may be an F U to the NBA and the owners.
It is widely assumed that Obama will at the very least play a few minutes on the court. We all know he is a keen baller and has a pretty sweet lefty stroke. There is no way he will be able to resist playing in this one.
Not even the Republicans will be able to argue with his intentions on that.
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