HoopsHype Barack Obama rumors

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

The NBA Champion Miami Heat will be feted at the White House this afternoon in an East Room reception. The team is returning for a second straight year. President Barack Obama is a well-known basketball fan who had the White House tennis court converted to play basketball. Obama likes to shoot a little hoop himself, especially on big days, including Election Day 2008. Palm Beach Post

January 13, 2014 Updates
January 10, 2014 Updates

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

December 5, 2013 Updates

As he took care of a few last preparations before Thursday’s trip to meet the president at a White House reception, Rockets forward Omri Casspi admitted to some building nerves. That did not stop him from imagining the game of basketball with President Obama that will not be part of the itinerary. “I wish we had some time to play, too,” Casspi said. “It could have been fun.” Casspi, however, said if they could play, he knew he would not have blocked an Obama shot. “I don’t want any Israel-United States drama, more drama,” Casspi said. “Let him shoot. Let him score. Let him feel good. We need that support.” Houston Chronicle

November 27, 2013 Updates
November 20, 2013 Updates

Dennis Rodman wants to belly up to the bar with some friends and order a shot of peace talks. He believed his latest proposal is just the tonic needed to ease tension between the United States and North Korea. "Everyone knows (President Barack) Obama drinks beer," Rodman said. "But you know what? I'm pretty sure he does have a cocktail here or there. I'd love to see him with a 'Bad Ass Vodka' shot in his hand, toasting to Kim Jong (Un) and me. That would be awesome." Associated Press

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