VIDEO: The Basketball President

# 23 – Barry O’Bomber. The lefty had game.





The history made today with the inauguration of America’s 44th president is a bit overwhelming, to say the least. It’s a day for poetry, one of celebration for many in the NBA who heavily supported President Obama during his election campaign. Michael Jordan cried. I got a little teary-eyed, too.

Here’s TNT analyst David Aldridge’s excellent piece at NBA.com, “The Meaning of Obama: NBA embraces new leader’s message.”

Former Buck Mo Williams:

Just saying the words President Obama “defines the struggle,” said Cavaliers guard Mo Williams. “It defines the commitment. It defines the unity. It defines what Martin Luther King did. It defines what America is about, bringing everybody together and living as one.”


Andrew Bogut on ending the war:

Bucks center Andrew Bogut, Australian-born, isn’t all that interested in politics. But he couldn’t help but notice that the Obama phenomenon dominated American television on a nightly basis.


“I didn’t realize how big it was,” Bogut said. “Obviously, America needs a change, with everything that’s happened in the past … no offense, but obviously a lot of people in Australia are pretty angry with the whole Iraq issue. Obviously, we’re allies with you guys, so we’re sending a lot of troops over there who are dying as well. Hopefully Obama can put a stop to that and start bringing home some troops.”


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Grant Hill on Martin Luther King, Jr., the process of change and the inauguration of Obama.

The Heat’s Alonzo Mourning hosted a number Obama rallies in Florida during the campaign, and brought a busload of kids to the inauguration. The Celtics left Boston for Miami early this morning so they wouldn’t miss the telecast. Ray Allen had left the night before, heading for D.C. after the Celtics-Suns MLK day game to attend the event.

What the leader of the free world can do to get his Bulls to the playoffs.

Obama hooping it up in Kokomo, Indiana, during the campaign. The basketball president’s still got some game …







Washington Wizards coach Ed Tapscott says a 10-day contract is Obama’s if he wants it. Wiz forward Caron Butler, who grew up in Racine, can’t wait for a pickup game with the new prez.

LeBron James watches with his children, Bryce and LeBron Jr., the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Jan. 20, 2009, Beverly Hills, Calif. Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein, NBA/Getty Images

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