HoopsHype Barack Obama rumors

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

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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

Rodman, who once wore a wedding dress to a book signing, said all his work should have earned him a Nobel Peace Prize. "People put that label on me like it's my responsibility to save the world," he said. "If it happens to come to that, then yes, I guess I'm all for it. Let's just all get together and keep everything cool, man." Associated Press

November 9, 2013 Updates

The president was seen arriving at the Grande Oaks Golf Club in Davie just before 11 a.m., reported NBC News. And he wasn't alone. The president was accompanied by former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, as seen in the photo above. The 18-hole course is well-known for being the private golf club where the movie "Caddyshack" was filmed. Obama arrived at Miami International Airport Friday afternoon, causing some traffic delays in the area. Further road closures were expected Saturday. NBC Miami

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Sports Illustrated’s annual ”Where Are They Now?” issue often feels like an unpredictable real-life version of Mad Libs: [Former athlete] goes to [unexpected place] and [contributes to society in surprising manner]. For 14 years now, those blanks have been filled in, simultaneously prompting trips down memory lane and offering a glimpse at life after sports. This year’s cover story is arguably the maddest of the Mad Libs: Dennis Rodman goes to North Korea in hopes of normalizing relations between the country and the United States and capturing a Nobel Peace Prize. SI.com

“Fact is, he hasn’t bombed anywhere he’s threatened to yet. Not South Korea, not Hawaii, not … whatever. People say he’s the worst guy in the world. All I know is Kim told me he doesn’t want to go to war with America. His whole deal is to talk basketball with Obama. Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. I ask, Mr. President, what’s the harm in a simple phone call? This is a new age, man. Come on, Obama, reach out to Kim and be his friend.” SI.com

Rodman plans to return to North Korea in August. “I’m just gonna chill, play some basketball and maybe go on vacation with Kim and his family,” Rodman says. “I’ve called on the Supreme Leader to do me a solid by releasing Kenneth Bae.” The Korean-American missionary was recently sentenced to 15 years of hard labor on charges that he tried to topple the North Korean regime. He’d organized tours into the isolated state. “My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” Rodman says. “Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama's] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.” SI.com

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday she is in talks with the NFL to help promote new insurance options under ObamaCare. Sebelius said the football league has been "very actively and enthusiastically engaged" in discussions about a partnership to encourage people to enroll in newly available insurance plans. "We're having active discussions right now with a variety of sports affiliates" about both paid advertising and partnerships to encourage enrollment, Sebelius told reporters. HHS is reportedly also in talks with the NBA to promote the law. The Hill

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Dirk Nowitzki celebrated his 35th birthday in Berlin by dining with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Obama was in Berlin to make a speech at Brandenberg Gate. Afterward, he sat down to dinner with Nowitzki and several German dignitaries. ESPN.com

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

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