Archive for Monday, August 9, 2010

NBA stars, Obama play hoops for troops

August 9, 2010


— President Barack Obama pulled together an informal dream team of current and former basketball superstars Sunday. But only a few people got to see it.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and other NBA all-stars joined Obama in Washington to entertain wounded troops.

The present-day stars were joined by some retired legends, including Bill Russell and Magic Johnson. College player Maya Moore of the Connecticut Huskies women’s team also played.

The game was played for a group of “wounded warriors” — troops who have been injured in action — and participants in the White House’s mentoring program. It took place at a gym inside Washington’s Fort McNair, a short drive from the White House. The president was inside the gym for about two hours.

After the game some of the players joined Obama and a group of his friends for a barbecue at the White House, capping the president’s 49th birthday week.

The White House said the meal will include shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico.


grammaddy 3 years, 8 months ago

I'm sure the soldiers enjoyed it.How many of them would actually get to see those players any other time?At least he took the time to do SOMETHING nice for someone else.


staff04 3 years, 8 months ago

From the guys I met at Walter Reed when I lived in DC, I think most of them couldn't give a damn about celebrities visiting (or politicians, for that matter), so I won't say I think this was a great idea...but IMO a misguided effort is better than none at all, which is the treatment they used to get.


Practicality 3 years, 8 months ago

How nice. You get severely wounded while in service of your country and then the President uses you to make his childhood dream of "balling it up" with some NBA stars to try and give the impression it wasn't about him and about the wounded troops. At least he could have invited them to the barbeque too!


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