HoopsHype Mitt Romney rumors

November 5, 2012 Updates

According to a list compiled by HoopsHype.com, NBA players and coaches have exclusively donated to the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama. The list, gathered from data on OpenSecrets.org, shows a healthy mix of NBA front-office donations to both Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Giving from players and coaches skew heavily to the incumbent. Sports Network

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A miked Monty Williams – now beginning his third year as the Hornets’ head coach – gathered his troops at center court for the day’s marching orders. For most coaches faced with a media presence, moments like these mark the time for clichéd overtures and motivational platitudes. But Williams isn’t most coaches. “How many of you guys watched the debate last night?” Williams asked right off the bat, speaking of the presidential debate. Not exactly your standard-issue training camp salvo. Silence. “I don’t want to get off on a political tangent, but try to be aware of what’s happening around you,” Williams said. “The climate is changing. It’s not like it was when I was coming up – and I didn’t know it then – but things are changing, and it affects this group for sure.” New York Times

October 5, 2012 Updates

Former pro basketball player Greg Anthony is backing Mitt Romney for president in a new Nevada TV commercial. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas alum says in the ad that he voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 because he thought Obama was a centrist. Reno Gazette-Journal

Ever the political animal, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gave his team a unique bit of homework Thursday. Before practice, he handed each player a DVD of Wednesday night’s presidential debate to take home and watch. “Of course, we have so many foreign guys on our team, they were quick to point out they can’t vote, so they shouldn’t be obligated to watch the debate,” forward Matt Bonner said. “Regardless, they live here, so it’s good for them to be aware.” San Antonio Express-News

Bonner, who plans to vote for incumbent Barack Obama over challenger Mitt Romney in November, said Popovich’s message was well received. “Basketball isn’t everything,” Bonner said. “There are bigger things going on in the country we live in.” San Antonio Express-News

September 19, 2012 Updates

By now, you’ve probably become somewhat aware of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s latest and perhaps greatest gaffe - a video at a fundraiser earlier this year at which he basically dismissed half the electorate. After explaining to potential campaign donors that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income tax, Romney said, ”My job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” SheridanHoops

What you may not know was that fundraiser took place in May in Boca Raton, Fla., at the home of Marc Leder, a private equity manager who once served as senior vice president for Lehman Brothers. Leder is also one of 14 co-owners of the Philadelphia 76ers. He is part of the group headed by Joshua Harris, David Blitzer and Adam Aron which bought the team just under a year ago from Comcast-Spectacor for a reported $280 million. SheridanHoops

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The former basketball star – who’s now an NBA analyst on TNT – had some fighting words for the Republican presidential candidate during a broadcast on Sunday evening. Romney’s name came up because he attended the Boston Celtics playoff game that night. “Mitt Romney, listen man,” Barkley said. “We’re gonna beat you like a drum in November. Don’t take it personally. I like you, you seem like a nice guy. But you’re going down, bro.” Politico.com

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