HoopsHype Barack Obama rumors

June 5, 2013 Updates

The First Fan can't wait for The Finals to begin. President Obama went to the Twitter water cooler yesterday and a few people responded. The President is a fan of the Bulls, of course, so it's only natural that he's pulling for the Heat. You always pull for the team that knocked your team out of the palyoffs, right? Miami Herald

May 13, 2013 Updates

King feels that Obama should at the very least be equal in his offers of congratulations. Specifically, he says: "I hear the president reducing or lowering American values by his comments that take place in the public and in the press. Think about the things he’s chosen to take sides on. [...] Then we’ve got Tim Tebow who will kneel and pray to God on the football field. Meanwhile we have a professional athlete that decides he’s going to announce his sexuality and he gets a personal call from the United States to highlight the sexuality of a professional ballplayer. These are ways that the culture gets undermined, where it gets divided. The people over on this side take their followership from that kind of leadership. One notch at a time, American civilization, American culture, western civilization, western Judeo-Christiandom are eroded." Opposing Views

May 12, 2013 Updates

Rodman told celebrity website TMZ that he is returning to the communist country to try to free Korean American Kenneth Bae. Rodman admitted, "It's gonna be difficult." Rodman had angry words for Obama. "We got a black president (who) can't even go talk to (Kim)," Rodman told TMZ. "Obama can't do s**t, I don't know why he won't go talk to him." newsmax.com

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The Democratic National Committee says NBA veteran Jason Collins will headline its annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender gala. Last week, Collins became the first active player in any of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. President Barack Obama called the 34-year-old athlete the same day to congratulate him and tell him he was proud of his courage. The DNC says first lady Michelle Obama will also attend the May 29 fundraiser in New York. Tickets start at $1,250 per person and go up to $32,400 per couple to chair the event. SportsNet

April 30, 2013 Updates

During a Tuesday press conference at the White House, President Barack Obama praised NBA center Jason Collins for his decision to come out as gay, saying he was "very proud" of the athlete. "I had a chance to talk to him yesterday. He seems like a terrific young man," Obama said. "I told him I couldn't be prouder... one of the extraordinary measures of progress that we've seen in this country has been the recognition that the LGBT community deserves full equality, not just partial equality. Not just tolerance, but a recognition that they're fully a part of the American family." Huffington Post

President Obama called NBA player Jason Collins Monday to offer his support after Collins announced he's gay, becoming the first openly gay major league professional athlete, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett has learned. The president offered congratulations and support on Collins' courage and willingness to be the first in the four dominant pro sports to make this announcement. First lady Michelle Obama also showed her support for Collins on Twitter Monday. CBS News

April 2, 2013 Updates

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Nene and Emeka Okafor were participants in a basketball clinic for children at the 135th annual Easter Egg Roll and watched as the president missed badly on a series of jumpers and airmailed another. He asked for a new ball in the midst of his misfiring and missed at least 13 shots in row overall, including one layup attempt that hit nothing but the glass. “He missed a lot in a row. We told him move in a little bit. Then he ended up missing a layup and it got out of control,” Beal said. “He has a few excuses he could use. I think he was warming up to at least sprinkle one in. I don’t know.” Washington Post

Obama, a former high school basketball player in Hawaii and an avid hoops enthusiast, finally made a layup and left the court after finishing 2 of 22. The miserable shooting display led Wall to share a few jokes while offering to supply some advice. “I told him ‘I’m on a hot stretch this month,’ ” Wall said. “I said you was shooting like I was shooting the first month I came back. He kept saying I’m going to leave for like five minutes, 10 minutes. He didn’t leave until he made one.” Washington Post

March 4, 2013 Updates

The White House says North Korea's government should be focused on the well-being of its citizens, not on "celebrity sporting events" to entertain the country's elite. White House spokesman Jay Carney made the comments in response to a question about ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman's recent visit to North Korea. Rodman watched a basketball game with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ESPN.com

Upon his return to the U.S., Rodman said Kim wants President Barack Obama to call him. Carney says the U.S. already has direct channels of communication to North Korea's government and those are the channels it will continue to use. "He loves basketball. ... I said Obama loves basketball. Let's start there" as a way to warm up relations between U.S. and North Korea, Rodman told ABC's "This Week." "He asked me to give Obama something to say and do one thing. He wants Obama to do one thing, call him," said Rodman, who called the authoritarian leader an "awesome guy" during his trip. The State Department criticized North Korea last week for "wining and dining" Rodman while its own people go hungry. Rodman also said Kim told him, "I don't want to do war. I don't want to do war." ESPN.com

Clearly frustrating George Stephanopoulos, former NBA great Dennis Rodman gave an insane interview on This Week, claiming that Kim Jong Un is not as bad as he seems. He also says that President Barack Obama should give the North Korean dictator a friendly phone call! “He wants Obama to do one thing: Call him,” Dennis told George on March 3. “He said, ‘If you can, Dennis – I don’t want to do war. I don’t want to do war.’ He said that to me.” “He wants President Obama to call him?” George asked. “He’s a great guy,” the former NBA player added, suggesting that Kim Jong Un and Barack Obama could have a friendly chat with each other. hollywoodlife.com

January 28, 2013 Updates

President Obama welcomed the Miami Heat to the White House to commemorate the team's 2012 NBA title. While there, the players presented the president with a signed basketball, made some impromptu speeches and wandered around the White House. Thankfully, Instagram was there to document the experience. USA Today Sports

LeBron James was like a kid in a candy store Monday afternoon when he and the Miami Heat visited President Obama at the White House to commemorate their 2012 championship. After he presented the president with an autographed basketball from the team, he asked if he could say a few words. Obama, a huge basketball — and Chicago Bulls — fan replied, "It's your world, man." USA Today Sports

The nine-time NBA All-Star couldn't contain his emotion as he addressed Obama, at one point accidentally calling him "coach." "I mean, on behalf of myself and my teammates we just want to thank you for the hospitality, for allowing us to be in the White House," James said. "I mean, we're in the White House! "I mean, Coach said — Prez said — it's real casual, so, we're kids from Chicago, Dallas, Texas, Michigan, Ohio, South Dakota, Miami, we're in the White House right now! This is like, 'Hey, mama, I made it!' " USA Today Sports

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