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NBA stars to play in Obama basketball fundraiser
The Sacramento Bee ^ | 19 Nov 2011 | KEN THOMAS

Posted on 11/19/2011 6:10:42 AM PST by mandaladon

Edited on 11/19/2011 7:26:49 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is bringing together more than two dozen NBA stars for a fundraising basketball game next month.


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: basketballhaters; elections; obama
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To: Doogle

We have made kings of our jesters and jesters of our kings...


51 posted on 11/19/2011 8:29:05 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: Bushite

“and some of you fine “informed” citizens know that there in a LOCKOUT, not a Strike? right?”

The only time the word “Strike” appears on this thread is your comments.


52 posted on 11/19/2011 8:31:48 AM PST by BilLies (ABCBSNBCNN, NYTimes, WaPOSt , etc., hates your Traditional American guts!)
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To: mandaladon
I never did like basketball. Now, I really think its a game for a racial minority that thinks themselves victims and a privileged class.
53 posted on 11/19/2011 8:33:06 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Not much color there.

Every group needs a token.

54 posted on 11/19/2011 8:33:39 AM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: dfwgator
I hope they all go bankrupt.

As do I. The NBA can take a flying leap for all I care. Also, I don't like this "one and done" business they've screwed colleges with. Let those that obviously have no interest in college save the one year of playing go right out of high school.

55 posted on 11/19/2011 8:34:04 AM PST by Marathoner (Occupy Wall Street = Useful Idiots on Parade)
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To: Bushite

And just why are they being locked out?

I don’t understand it...a player contracts with a team...the team agrees to pay said player for services rendered....why should a player have a claim on anything else, other than the wage they mutually agreed to with their employer?


56 posted on 11/19/2011 8:34:23 AM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: mandaladon

isnt there a legal way that would stop them from playing?


57 posted on 11/19/2011 8:38:17 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: mandaladon

Hold on a second. If they are playing basketball and doing so. Doesnt their one game compensation apply as a donation? If so for most of these players isnt that a illegal donation since it would be over the $30,800 limit?


58 posted on 11/19/2011 8:40:15 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Thugs for the Thug.

People always talk about "thugs" in the NBA, but college football is just as "thuggish" and people talk that sport as if it's the acme of Americanism. At least the NBA is honest about their professionalism. I'm not aware of any Jerry Sanduskys populating the league, either.

59 posted on 11/19/2011 8:44:22 AM PST by Route797
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To: Route797

The only player I like is Dirk, and he’s German.


60 posted on 11/19/2011 8:46:44 AM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: mandaladon

The left makes absolutely everything about politics. What you drive, wear, eat, where you shop, vacation, what movies or tv shows you watch, and on and on. Nothing is just pure fun. They have to politicize holidays and everythig else. This is what makes it nearly impossible to be friends with a lefty because politics isn’t just one thing or area of life...it is ALL.


61 posted on 11/19/2011 8:49:04 AM PST by Anima Mundi (If you build it, they will come and take it away from you..)
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To: dfwgator
I like to think of the NBA I grew up watching with players such Jerry Lucas, Elgin Baylor and the like. There wasn't anything thuggish about the sport in those days, Sports, like every other institution in our society, has gone downhill in the last forty years. The NBA isn't what it used to be, but neither is anything else. I also grew up watching stock car racing but the the NASCAR of today is just as unwatchable as the NBA of today.
62 posted on 11/19/2011 8:57:56 AM PST by Route797
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To: mandaladon

White Americans make up around 6 percent of the NBA. Most of the top white players — Nowitzki, Gasol, Nash, Turkoglu, Ginobili, Stojakovic — are foreigners. It could be that talented white athletes in this country don’t pursue basketball because it’s seen as such a black sport.


63 posted on 11/19/2011 9:07:32 AM PST by TroutFishingInAmerica ("I remember, with particular amusement, men in three-cornered hats, fishing in the dawn")
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To: capydick

That’s the players and management that can’t have any contact with each other, and if they attend the same event they can barely talk to each other.


64 posted on 11/19/2011 9:24:51 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: BilLies

nice job reading the thread.

post Number #16 talks about the players being on strike.

I didn;t make that up out of thin air.


65 posted on 11/19/2011 9:27:29 AM PST by Bushite
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To: mandaladon

I DESPISE the NBA. I hope the season is cancelled and the league of punks and criminals is disbanded. The NFL and MLB represent American values. The NBA represents anti-American, gangsta “values” - which sync perfectly with Obama’s criminal conduct and lawless behavior.


66 posted on 11/19/2011 9:33:48 AM PST by montag813
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To: Bushite

Thank you for your post. I agree.


67 posted on 11/19/2011 9:35:16 AM PST by onona (FR is continuing education)
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To: dfwgator

Exactly the point.

They (the players) are being “locked out”. A “Lock Out” is when management does not like the current arrangement and then “locks” out the players in order to get a new arrangement.

In short, the Owners say that they lost 300 million dollars last season, (BS), so the players agreed to cut their share of revenue in order to cover all of the Owners losses, plus 50 million more per year.

They came to an agreement to where the owners would take 500 million off the top to cover loses/operations, and they then would share 50/50 the rest of the profits.

Then they reached an impasse, when the owners asked for modifications to the system as it pertains to player movement, payroll restrictions, and Luxury Taxes on “richer” teams. (Players are the capitalists, while the owners want a “socialist” business model.

So the players then sued the owners in federal court for anti-trust violations.


68 posted on 11/19/2011 9:37:57 AM PST by Bushite
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To: fatnotlazy

LOL. Tossing a basketball, tossing a poop; its all about the same.


69 posted on 11/19/2011 9:40:42 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: montag813

don’t be ignorant.


70 posted on 11/19/2011 9:44:22 AM PST by Bushite
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To: Bushite

I obviously was wrong and do apologize. I should know being snarky often comes back and bites the snark.


71 posted on 11/19/2011 9:49:30 AM PST by BilLies (ABCBSNBCNN, NYTimes, WaPOSt , etc., hates your Traditional American guts!)
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To: 9YearLurker

Gotcha - thanks......


72 posted on 11/19/2011 10:57:35 AM PST by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: mandaladon

Will the game be held at midnight?


73 posted on 11/19/2011 12:14:06 PM PST by Beckwith (A "natural born citizen" -- two American citizen parents and born in the USA.)
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To: montag813

“The NFL and MLB represent American values.”

When speaking of the American values of the NFL, are you speaking of Rae Carruth who had the woman who was bearing his child murdered or are you talking about the American values of OJ Simpson who allegedly chopped off his ex wife’s head?


74 posted on 11/19/2011 12:19:01 PM PST by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: Bushite

“Players are the capitalists, while the owners want a “socialist” business model.”

Spot On!

I have use that very same argument on FR regarding the recent NFL lockout and was called all sorts of names.

But, here on FR you will run across many “conservatives” who will always side with pro sports owners over the players.

And the pro sports owners are indeed Socialists who take tax payer money to build their stadiums and seek millions in tax abatements.

On the other hand, the players have worked hard their entire life to develop their skills and now are the best in the world at what they do.


75 posted on 11/19/2011 12:31:17 PM PST by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: montag813
I don't know much about baseball players except a nice old man who played for the Washington Senators in the 1940s, but I've been around basketball and football players and almost as a rule, I liked the basketball players a whole lot more than the football players. If American values are reflected in the murder and mayhem NFL, we're in bad shape. I'll take the NBA over the NFL any day.
76 posted on 11/19/2011 1:03:45 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo; montag813

It is important to always keep up with statistics in sports.

Human Heads Chopped off by NBA Players-0

Human Heads Chopped off by NFL Players-2


77 posted on 11/19/2011 1:53:56 PM PST by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: trumandogz
Amen! Basketball threads on Free Republic are usally not our finest hour. To add some prespective, I always try to post a picture of noted "NBA thug" David Robinson.


78 posted on 11/19/2011 2:02:04 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Baloney... Robinson is an exception to the rule, and you know it!!!!


79 posted on 11/19/2011 2:05:05 PM PST by catfish1957 (Save a Pretzel for the Gas Jets!!!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Here is Mr. Iverson who is the more typical NBA star.

80 posted on 11/19/2011 2:10:26 PM PST by catfish1957 (Save a Pretzel for the Gas Jets!!!)
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To: catfish1957
My opinion is we always tend to more easily notice the bad than the good. People doing what they should do not make headlines. And that seems to be more a problem with the NBA where the humanity with its failings are not hidden by distance and pads and helmets like in the NFL and football in general.

And whatever the failings of Iverson, he's never sunk the murder and dogfighting standards of the "all-American" NFL.

81 posted on 11/19/2011 2:30:20 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo (N)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

You’re right of course. Way too easy to stereotype. The reality is that there is a spectrum of people and personalities in all walks of life. Plenty of decent people and plenty of people that you’d rather not be around. No different than your workplace or mine.


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83 posted on 11/19/2011 6:34:37 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Travis McGee

Wonder when the NBA players redistribute their wealth?


84 posted on 11/20/2011 12:07:39 AM PST by MN_Mike (Governor Sarah Palin for the win! Piper Palin for President 2036 (Biden: Gird YOUR loins))
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