Melo, Bosh, Rondo, and others are balling for an Obama fundraiser
Old school NBA fans will find it encouraging that our old friend Alonzo Mourning will actually suit up and play basketball alongside current and former All-Stars like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Rajon Rondo, Kyrie Irving, and a whole bunch more. Mourning, now 42 years old, has not played basketball in public since retiring in 2007 after a kidney transsplant comeback.
The full roster of players appearing at the fundraiser is listed on Obama's fundraising web site. And yes, to answer your question, I feel incredibly filthy for linking to a Presidential candidate's fundraising page.
Everybody knows that President Obama is quite the baller, and he can bury a long three like Mitt Romney can bury a 2008 tax return. What's surprising is that so many NBA stars are willing to put their name on a political affiliation. There is a risk of a backlash that might lead to a loss in shoe and athletic jersey sales, and athletes these days are often encouraged by their agents to avoid anything political.
An email quoted by the Miami Sun-Sentinel says, "Imagine shooting hoops with Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving, and Alonzo Mourning. Oh, and President Obama and Michael Jordan will be there, too." I didn't personally receive this email, because I always try to unsubscribe from these damned things as fast as they can roll in.
Tickets range from $100 to just see the pick-up game and get in on the autograph session, to as much as $5000 to get personalized "skills sessions" with individual players.
It appears that President Obama is scheduled to attend the event. He'd just better be careful that the Kiss-Cam doesn't catch him not kissing his wife.