HoopsHype Barack Obama rumors

July 13, 2014 Updates
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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

February 13, 2014 Updates

Sixers forward Spencer Hawes, a noted Republican, is not a fan of president Barack Obama. He dislikes the commander in chief so much that he has toilet with Obama’s face on it in his bathroom. How did the world find out about what Hawes uses to wipe his rear end with? Teammate Evan Turner let the cat out of the bag by taking a photo of the toilet paper and posting it on his Instagram account. Philadelphia Inquirer

February 11, 2014 Updates

President Barack Obama will host a fundraiser for House Democrats at the home of former NBA star Alonzo Mourning. That's according to an invitation to the event obtained by The Associated Press. The event in Miami on March 20 will benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers will also attend. ESPN.com

January 28, 2014 Updates

Dime: How did it feel when President Obama made the joke about you last week at the White House about how your teammates scream at you on the court? Is he really as cool as he seems in person? Mario Chalmers: Obama is really cool. He knows a lot about basketball and as you seen with the video he said he has my back. Dime

January 14, 2014 Updates
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The Heat will visit the White House Tuesday afternoon, an invitation to commemorate their second consecutive NBA title, a hard-fought seven-game series against the Spurs. The team also once again will visit wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “It’ll always be a big deal because it’s a part of a championship,” Heat forward Chris Bosh said. “That never gets old. But once you’ve done something before, it’s more routine after that. “But I mean it’s a great honor and a privilege to do it, and I don’t think anybody on this team takes it for granted, because we could ‘not’ be visiting the White House, and you know what that means.” Palm Beach Post

January 8, 2014 Updates

The White House announced Tuesday that the Miami Heat will make an encore championship appearance with President Obama next Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. Not only will President Obama commemorate the Heat's 2013 NBA championship, but while at the White House, the Heat will visit wounded warriors from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Heat play the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center the following night. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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