Bored basketball stars to suit up for “The Obama Classic Basketball Game”

posted at 5:30 pm on November 19, 2011 by Tina Korbe

When Barack Obama does vary his golf-golf-and-golf again free time routine, it’s often to play a pick-up game of basketball. Everybody knows this because, once, he busted his lip, and that little dust-up made headlines.

Combine in your thoughts his affinity for the sport, his demonstrable commitment to his own reelection and the disappointing lack of an NBA season this year and it won’t be particularly surprising to learn that his always-creative campaign team has come up with a way to capitalize on all of that for BHO’s benefit. They present: “The Obama Classic Basketball Game,” an admittedly brilliant way to satiate starved fans and cram the campaign coffers a little fuller.

The Huffington Post reports:

With scant press attention, the Obama for America campaign has set up what it is billing as “The First Ever Obama Classic Basketball Game” to take place in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 12. The game will feature a who’s who of basketball stars, ones who are either retired or have no apparent start date for their season. The list of confirmed attendees, as provided by the campaign, include:

Ray Allen – Carmelo Anthony – Chris Bosh – Vince Carter – Tyson Chandler – Jamal Crawford – Kevin Durant – Baron Davis – Patrick Ewing – Derek Fisher – Rudy Gay – Blake Griffin – Tyler Hansbrough – Dwight Howard – Juwan Howard – Antawn Jamison – Dahntay Jones – Brandon Knight – Kevin Love – Jamal Mashburn – Cheryl Miller – Reggie Miller – Alonzo Mourning – Dikembe Mutombo – Chris Paul – Quentin Richardson – Doc Rivers – Steve Smith – Jerry Stackhouse – Amare Stoudemire – Tina Thompson – John Wall – Russell WestbrookLike actual games, the more you’re willing to pay, the better seats you get. But in this instance, the ticket prices double as campaign donations. According to a disclaimer on the Obama campaign website, the first $5,000 of a contribution goes to the Obama Victory Fund 2012 ($2,500 which is designated for the primary election, the next $2,500 for the general election). If a donor chooses to give more — and the website offers that option — he or she can sign over a check for as much as $30,800. That contribution goes to the Democratic National Committee.

Apparently, on the night of the event, the players will essentially be volunteers for the Obama campaign, as they won’t be paid. Their talent, evidently, is not considered an in-kind donation. As an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, I’m a little heart-broken that KD will be among the hoops stars at this event — but, then, he has tweeted that he’s bored by the lockout and, given the circumstances, it would be a little hard to turn down an invitation to play in a prominent game named for the president of the United States, whoever he might be. But that’s the extent of my excuse-making. Heartbreak persists.

Honestly, I’m just a little bummed nobody on the right side of the arena thought of this first. What cool, creative campaign fundraisers do any of the Republican candidates have planned? A slick event like this couldn’t hurt any of ‘em. Maybe it’s just that Republicans shy away from displays in their own name? George W. Bush has hosted a sports tournament before — but it couldn’t have been more different than a self-aggrandizing affair that takes advantage of an unfortunate situation of corporate-vs.-player greed. Still, in an election cycle, maybe a little Republican self-aggrandizing — provided it’s done with flair — is exactly what we need.


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What cool, creative campaign fundraisers do any of the Republican candidates have planned?

How about an all you can eat wine , cheese and quiche buffet for Huntsman?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 19, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Their talent, evidently, is not considered an in-kind donation.

Really?

wb-33777 on November 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

His imperial majesty’s Classic Basketball Hoopla.

AshleyTKing on November 19, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Apparently, on the night of the event, the players will essentially be volunteers for the Obama campaign, as they won’t be paid. Their talent, evidently, is not considered an in-kind donation.

Wow…this is really, uhm, stretching the rules a bit.

SouthernGent on November 19, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Tyler Hansbrough, really?

The Republicans can have the Campaign baseball game. I like basketball but baseball is a much more interesting sport.

The Notorious G.O.P on November 19, 2011 at 5:42 PM

cripe…

i don’t watch nba now nor will i ever…

SUCK UPS

all Hail dear leader!

cmsinaz on November 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Bush did it the right way….

this is just pathetic

cmsinaz on November 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Good to see Obama is focused on getting people back to work, our deficit, etc..I guess it is too cold for golf. This is just so tiresome.

Static21 on November 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

It is racist to even comment on this… So I won’t.
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RalphyBoy on November 19, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Tina, you are kidding right? You think that for one minute any group of NBA players would do a fundraiser for a GOP candidate that is running against Obama? Never in a 100 years

georgealbert on November 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

This is kinda like George W Bush’s Wounded Warriors Golf tournament, huh?

MayBee on November 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I count 32 stars… for 1 basketball game.I think people going to this will be disappointed unless there is some serious autographing sessions going on. Or they could decide to play the basketball game on donkeys.

I can’t be bothered to watch professional basketball anymore the way it is. There was no players I actually liked to watch anymore(Ironically, Reggie Miller was about the last one).

ninjapirate on November 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Interfering with Union negotiations, no?

portlandon on November 19, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Well done, Axelrod. Add that to the “jumbo shrimp” and “Microsoft works” list.
 
Obama classic.
 
Ha. Again, well done.

rogerb on November 19, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I read that Obama hasn’t decided yet whether he will be attending the Obama Classic.

That’s a classic.

No Niks on November 19, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I stopped caring about the NBA even before I stopped caring about our useless campaigner in chief.

One question: what postition does the teleprompter play

400lb Gorilla on November 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM

America needs a new sport to replace the NBA. I think the sport is Australian Rules Football.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_hqosNvv5E

ninjapirate on November 19, 2011 at 6:03 PM

You are all making a logical fallacy. You’re assuming people pay up and show up. What if the “scant press attention” is related to scant interest? What if the donations go down to $3?

I’ll wait to see how many people shell out $5M to see a non-game and a campaign event.

Bigurn on November 19, 2011 at 6:05 PM

400lb Gorilla on November 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM

post?

cmsinaz on November 19, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Aaaaand, quelle surprise, the One is shooting left-handed.

Aardvark on November 19, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Republicans buy sneakers too.” -Michael Jordan 1990, when asked why he refused to endorse (D)Harvey Grant in the NC Senate race against (R)Jesse Helms.

RedRobin145 on November 19, 2011 at 6:08 PM

There was no players I actually liked to watch anymore(Ironically, Reggie Miller was about the last one).

ninjapirate on November 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

I stopped following the NBA when Michael Jordan retired from the Bulls. I enjoyed watching him play. Same with guys like Magic and Bird and Kareem.

NBA now is nothing but a bunch of wannabe gangsta thugs … and about as authentic as pro wrestling.

pdigaudio on November 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Side wisecrack … Why doesn’t Iowa have an NBA team? Because then Wisconsin would want one, too.

pdigaudio on November 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

1%ers raising money for the Obama.

albill on November 19, 2011 at 6:19 PM

What cool, creative campaign fundraisers do any of the Republican candidates have planned?

I would suggest training sessions on wilderness and urban survival skills, perhaps taught by SAS and Green Beret soldiers and focusing on protecting your stuff from marauding hordes of OWS types.

You know, skills which will be far more important in the coming years than being able to drain a 3-pointer.

Bishop on November 19, 2011 at 6:19 PM

And will it be aired live in Prime Time by NBC, ABC, CBS and MSNBC and CNN???

albill on November 19, 2011 at 6:21 PM

WOW – this three hour televised campaign commercial will raise at least 300 million a night (there’s going to be a few of these games, conveniently). What a genius idea – the Democratic party filling a stadium with astro-turfed concoction of “America”, handpicked to put a face on the flashing phone number asking you to contribute just five dollars “so that Republicans can’t take us back to days of jim Crow and Niggerhead rock”.

How many watch it on TV…100 million? It would be a spectacle. Brilliant.

Evrviglnt on November 19, 2011 at 6:25 PM

superman913
Party: NA

Reply #11
Nov. 19, 2011 – 9:27 AM EST

In celebration of the worst modern day president, the team with more points must give points to the less fortunate team in fairness.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/68730.html#ixzz1eCIMwruV

a comment i just saw on politico….classic!

cmsinaz on November 19, 2011 at 6:34 PM

cripe…

i don’t watch nba now nor will i ever…

SUCK UPS

all Hail dear leader!

cmsinaz on November 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Like others on this forum I stopped watching when the thugs took over after Jordan, Bird, Majic and the Admiral retired. The league turned into the street hoops league after that and the rules were modified to reflect the new status. The NBA is not basketball.

cobrakai99 on November 19, 2011 at 6:35 PM

The Obama classic? DOesn’t it need more than 1 run before it becomes a classic?

They aren’t even pretending it’s for charity, eh?

reaganaut on November 19, 2011 at 6:38 PM

WOW – this three hour televised campaign commercial will raise at least 300 million a night (there’s going to be a few of these games, conveniently). What a genius idea – the Democratic party filling a stadium with astro-turfed concoction of “America”, handpicked to put a face on the flashing phone number asking you to contribute just five dollars “so that Republicans can’t take us back to days of jim Crow and N—–head rock”.

How many watch it on TV…100 million? It would be a spectacle. Brilliant.

Evrviglnt on November 19, 2011 at 6:39 PM

The NBA is not basketball.

I have a lot of the ’86 finals on VHS still, and I used to love the old games on ESPN Classic.

Poor kids are missing out these days.

NBA – drive to the hoop crashing into everyone – throw up a prayer and hope for the foul – or heave a 3 pointer. It’s fantastic.

reaganaut on November 19, 2011 at 6:43 PM

cobrakai99 on November 19, 2011 at 6:35 PM

yepper

cmsinaz on November 19, 2011 at 6:45 PM

WOW – this three hour televised campaign commercial will raise at least 300 million a night (there’s going to be a few of these games, conveniently)

How many watch it on TV…100 million? It would be a spectacle. Brilliant.

I think it’s only a single event and I don’t think it’s going to be on TV.

ninjapirate on November 19, 2011 at 6:47 PM

If the republicans were smart they would rent a nearby facility on the same night and have a Gangster Rap Extravaganza with free admission and complementary cocaine.

Guess where all of the NBA/Obama fans would go? Buh-bye fund raising.

fogw on November 19, 2011 at 6:50 PM

ugh…

therightwinger on November 19, 2011 at 6:50 PM

pampered punks pimpin’ a pampered punk

darwin-t on November 19, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Bored basketball stars to suit up for “The Obama Classic Basketball Game”

To be played on the Supreme Court?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on November 19, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Wow, they’re not calling it the “1% Classic”?

rockmom on November 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM

The Republicans should get a list of all the participating players’ salaries and on the day of the game, publish a list of how much more they’d all be paying in taxes if this group of 1 percenters were forced to pay their “fair share” under the Obama tax plan.

jon1979 on November 19, 2011 at 7:50 PM

I wouldn’t go to see an NBA game at normal prices.

Cindy Munford on November 19, 2011 at 7:57 PM

The Republicans should get a list of all the participating players’ salaries and on the day of the game, publish a list of how much more they’d all be paying in taxes if this group of 1 percenters were forced to pay their “fair share” under the Obama tax plan.

jon1979 on November 19, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Why? Just ignore them…

ninjapirate on November 19, 2011 at 8:04 PM

I gave up on the NBA after David Stern didn’t lift a finger to stop the theft of the Sonics from Seattle. This just gives me more reason to not care about the league.

Mallard T. Drake on November 19, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Amazing….did it occur to anyone what bad form this is? How about giving the proceeds to a charity…one which helps the downtrodden, rather than someone who wants to be the first billion dollar president?

herm2416 on November 19, 2011 at 8:30 PM

I’m gonna puke

Theworldisnotenough on November 19, 2011 at 8:30 PM

NBA – drive to the hoop crashing into everyone – throw up a prayer and hope for the foul – or heave a 3 pointer. It’s fantastic.

reaganaut on November 19, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Heh, exactly.

clearbluesky on November 19, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Way to let yourselves be used, NBA players!

Seriously, knowing they’re out on the court serving as unpaid shills for Obama has got to eat at the conscience of some of these players just a little bit, no? I mean, playing for a true charity event would be commendable. But this? Sad.

swanzoid on November 19, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Professional sports are for suckers. Anyone who gives their money to watch other people play games needs to have their head examined.

UltimateBob on November 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Kind of a racist thing, if ya think about it.

Pandering to the stereotype.

coldwarrior on November 19, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Or they could decide to play the basketball game on donkeys.

ninjapirate on November 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Playing the basketball game on donkeys would be a huge improvement. As it is, it’s the dumbest, most boring game evah.

petefrt on November 20, 2011 at 12:14 AM

Will the team with the most points be forced to redistribute points to the losing team in the name of “fairness’
” and “social justice”?

eaglewingz08 on November 20, 2011 at 1:13 AM

Whatever you do, don’t elbow the guy. Please don’t ELBOW OBAMA REAL GOOD AND/OR KNOCK HIM TO THE GROUND! Oh, no, not that. THANK YOU!

Sherman1864 on November 20, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Obama, realizing another boy-hood dream, man-hood as far away as ever.

virgo on November 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM

What cool, creative campaign fundraisers do any of the Republican candidates have planned?

A night with the Washington Generals.

LevStrauss on November 20, 2011 at 12:34 PM

#OccupyClassic

SlimyBill on November 20, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Since this is for Obama, shouldn’t the game be played underwater?

NoDonkey on November 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM