Magic Johnson will lead retinue of professional basketball players who will play in a December 12 fundraiser to benefit President Obama’s reelection drive, according to an announcement on the Obama campaign website.
Tickets start at $200 for general admission and head up to $500 a piece for “premium lower deck” seats and $5,000 to sit courtside.
Among those listed for the event, billed as the “Obama Classic,” are both men’s and women’s stars, as well as retired greats like Magic Johnson and Patrick Ewing. Here are the names on the list so far, with more to be added:
Ray Allen – Carmelo Anthony – Chris Bosh – Vince Carter – Tyson Chandler – Jamal Crawford – Kevin Durant – Baron Davis – Patrick Ewing – Derek Fisher – Rudy Gay – Blake Griffin – Tyler Hansbrough – Juwan Howard – Antawn Jamison – Earvin “Magic” Johnson – Dahntay Jones – Brandon Knight – Kevin Love – Jamal Mashburn – Cheryl Miller – Alonzo Mourning – Dikembe Mutombo – Hamady Ndiaye – Chris Paul – Paul Pierce – Quentin Richardson – Doc Rivers – Steve Smith – Jerry Stackhouse – Amare Stoudemire – Tina Thompson – John Wall – Russell Westbrook
“Special guest coaches” like filmaker Spike Lee will also be on hand.
The stars will have plenty of time to play hoops for Obama since they’ve been on strike and don’t go back to work until Christmas. The Monday afternoon game starts at 4 pm.
Can a NASCAR race for the eventual GOP nominee be far behind?