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January 13, 2015 Updates

Obama peppered his remarks with punchlines, making light of 38-year-old captain Tim Duncan’s graying hair, Popovich’s at-times brusque relationship with the media and the coach’s penchant for resting veteran players. “I was thinking about sending the vice president to this event so I could stay fresh for the State of the Union,” Obama joked. “With all due respect,” Popovich retorted, “when I sit stars, I get fined.” San Antonio Express-News

Obama made note of the international makeup of the Spurs’ roster, which boasts an NBA-record nine foreign-born players, calling them “the U.N. of basketball.” He also praised the Spurs for good deeds done in the San Antonio community, including work with the food bank, literacy programs and veterans groups. Before heading to the White House, the Spurs spent the morning visiting wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. San Antonio Express-News

January 12, 2015 Updates

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November 5, 2014 Updates

Obama was asked in a radio interview to respond to Jordan's recent criticism that the president was a "sh**ty golfer." "I've never played with Obama, but I would," Jordan told Ahmad Rashad during an appearance on Back9Network. "But, nah, that's OK. I'll take him out. He’s a hack. Man, I’d be all day playing with him." The president was not impressed, saying Jordan "wasn't very well informed about this." "There is no doubt that Michael is a better golfer than I am," Obama told WJMR, a Wisconsin radio station. "Of course if I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case." And later ... "He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats — or maybe the Hornets," the president said. "But that's a whole other issue. Charlotte Observer

July 13, 2014 Updates
June 20, 2014 Updates

President Barack Obama gave coach Gregg Popovich a ring on Friday to laud the Spurs after crushing Miami in the Finals for their fifth NBA championship, the White House announced. This afternoon, the President called San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to congratulate him on his team’s resounding victory in the NBA Finals. The President praised the selfless teamwork, clear focus, and steadfast determination displayed by the Spurs and noted how impressed he was by the record- setting scoring by the team. The President called Popovich one of the nation’s finest coaches and a role model for young men across the country, and he is looking forward to hosting the team at the White House. San Antonio Express-News

June 2, 2014 Updates

Wary of hangers-on and sycophants, President Barack Obama has made few friends since moving into the White House. Alonzo Mourning, the former Miami Heat star, is a striking exception. He was one of many boldface Democratic donors willing to lend their names to Obama’s first presidential campaign and became a member of a small group of ex-NBA players summoned to play basketball with the president. Over the past few years, though, the president and player-turned-philanthropist developed a deeper bond that challenges the “no new friends” mantra the Obamas developed during the 2008 race. St. Petersburg Times

April 30, 2014 Updates

President Barack Obama is supporting the NBA's lifetime ban against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. That's according to White House press secretary Jay Carney. Carney said Wednesday that Obama believes the league did the right thing in response to Sterling's racist comments. Obama had weighed into the controversy over the weekend during a trip to Asia. The president called Sterling's secretly recorded comments "incredibly offensive racist statements." NBA.com

April 27, 2014 Updates

President Barack Obama says comments reportedly made by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers are "incredibly offensive racist statements." An audio recording was posted on the TMZ website of a man identified as team owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games. Obama says he's confident NBA commissioner Adam Silver will address the comments. NBA.com

March 18, 2014 Updates
March 14, 2014 Updates

President Barack Obama has called upon LeBron James to come through in the clutch. The president's signature initiative, the Affordable Care Act, is facing a critical deadline, as open enrollment into the marketplaces on HealthCare.gov is scheduled to end on March 31. In a race to beat the buzzer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have been enlisting celebrities popular with young adults, including several in sports, to raise awareness and promote the merits of signing up. No current athlete has more clout with that demographic than James, as evidenced by his ability to sell everything from basketball shoes to smartphones. So Obama recently contacted the Miami Heat forward and requested his assistance, offering a number of different ways James could contribute. "Any way I can help the president, that's pretty cool," James said Wednesday night. Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report has learned the form that help will take: a 30-second public service announcement, released in time for March Madness, in which the four-time MVP speaks about the importance of health care coverage. It is similar in style to the television spots featuring former NBA stars Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning, each of whom has dealt with a serious health issue—HIV for Johnson and kidney disease for Mourning. Bleacher Report

February 15, 2014 Updates

All-Star Stephen Curry has a fan in President Barack Obama, who offered high praise to the Warriors guard for his shooting ability. "I gotta tell you, Curry is the best shooter I have ever seen," Obama told TNT's Charles Barkley in a portion of a taped interview released Friday. "I believe that. "In terms of being able to, you know, off the dribble get his shot off from anywhere that fast, best I've ever seen." Contra Costa Times

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