Will be informally known as the “1% Classic.”
(Politico) — It’s still possible to see NBA All Stars in action this year — if you’re willing to cough up cash for the Obama Victory Fund.
With extra time on their hands because of pro basketball’s lockout, super hoopsters Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin are among a few dozen current and former NBA players who have committed to hit the hardwood for the first “Obama Classic” on Dec. 12, according to an Obama campaign Web page set up for the event.
“Athletes who support President Obama . . . will play actual games at the event in Washington, D.C.,” Michael Blake, deputy director of the Obama campaign’s “Operation Vote,” wrote in an e-mail to prospective donors that was obtained by POLITICO.
The NBA has canceled all of its games through mid-December because of the acrimonious work-stoppage, which began on July 1. Players union president Derek Fisher is listed among the athletes who will play at the Obama fundraiser.
The event seems to be a perfect combination of two of the president’s great interests: Raising money and playing basketball. An Obama campaign spokesman did not immediately respond to questions about the fundraiser, so it is not yet known whether the commander in chief will attend the event.
The price of admission: It ranges from $100 for a limited set of seats set aside for folks who are part of a special “Gen 44” campaign group to $5,000 or more for heavy hitters who want courtside seats. The Obama Victory Fund can collect up to $35,800 from a single donor, with the first $5,000 going to the campaign and the remainder going to the Democratic National Committee.