Why wouldn’t he be happy? This probably means more loot for him when the big fundraiser happens on December 12. Still, we wonder if billionaire NBA teams that likely be in training camp at the time will give the OK to having their multimillionaire players perform in an fundraiser disguised as an exhibition?
What I’m waiting for is for him to somehow claim credit for the tentative labor deal.
After playing basketball at Fort McNair on Saturday, President Barack Obama seemed to approve the tentative deal reached earlier in the day to end the NBA lockout.
When asked about the potential agreement, Obama gave a thumbs-up and said, “Good deal!”
NBA Commissioner David Stern announced Saturday that players and owners appear to have come close to an understanding that could lead to a Christmas Day opener for the basketball season.
But even before that, fans will get a chance to see some pros face off in Washington in mid-December, that is if they’re willing to dish out some campaign cash for the president.
A longtime basketball fan, Obama is slated to host the “First Ever Obama Classic” on December 12, a fundraiser featuring current and former NBA players. Some big names have already signed up, including Boston Celtics’ guard Ray Allen and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony.
One upside: This likely will be the first and only Obama Classic, so we’ll just grin and bear it.