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President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 1:12 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver

You were starting to believe all the talk that nobody cared about the ongoing NBA lockout, weren't you? Well, cameras found at least one person that still cares. And he cares deeply.

President of the United States Barack Obama told reporters at a Florida fundraiser on Tuesday that the ongoing NBA lockout -- which resulted in the cancellation of the first two weeks of the regular season on Monday -- has left him "heartbroken."

"I have to say, that backstage I had a chance to see [Orlando Magic center] Dwight Howard," Obama said. "Dwight is a great friend. I told him, 'I'm a little heartbroken that the NBA season is getting delayed here.' I'm hoping those guys are back on the court soon."

Obama made the comments at a fundraiser for his 2012 presidential re-election campaign at Orlando's downtown Sheraton. Tickets for the event, according to the Orlando Sentinel, cost between $44 and $250.

A basketball die-hard, Obama never strays far from the NBA game. In the last twelve months alone, the President has zinged Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo over his poor shooting, awarded legendary center Bill Russell with the Medal of Freedom, talked some trash with Los Angeles Lakes guard Kobe Bryant and invited Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant to play with him in an informal pickup game.

Here's video of Obama's remarks uploaded by YouTube user dentoneable.

Hat tip: ThatNBALotteryPick and @TasMelas

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:24 am

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

You sure are a whiney bunch of spolied brats aren't you. 
Why don't you shut the hell up!
You can rant all you want about our country but when we start complaining we're a bunch of whiney brats??
You get off YOUR SOAP BOX punk.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:19 am

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

You all loved him back then, he could do no wrong
Not All Of Us!!!!

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:15 am

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

Personally, I couldn't give what Obama thinks about the lockout.  I didn't hear him say jack when Clay Bennett and David Stern extorted the Sonics out Seattle after 41 years.  Truth is - the sport sucks, has little to no integrity and lacks maximum effort for most of the 82 games a season.  The refs have huge egos that constantly interfere with the tempo and entertainment value of the game and the Commish is simply a corrupt individual.  Moving teams to OKC and bringing in Russian owners are not signs of things going well for the NBA and the lockout is like a market correction - it is a must if the game is ever going to survive.  Players over-value themselves, owners under-value the players and no one gives 2 s^&%s about the fans nor the municipalities who have helped shoulder the costs of arenas, nor the 1000's of low-wage workers who poor the beers, serve the dogs and clean the cans.  As a life-long Seattle fan, this is a little bit of justice to trade for never being able to share the Sonics and the game with my son like my dad did me.  It is a business, as they always tell us, and it happens to be horribly run, like our government.  A 1-2 year work stoppage would be a long slow death for the NBA and I would love to see it happen.  Obama might as well start packing his bags now too - his opinion on anything outside the current and future condition of our country mean absolutley nothing and should not be news worthy.  But, you blew up Clemens, blew up Favre every year he quit and decided to play again, blew up Tiger after the ex was swinging a driver at him trying to drive away, and on and on and on.  So, no suprise - even irrelevant news is still news. 

Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:05 am

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

You have all said it...'heartbroken'. Please. The NBA is the least watchable/compelling competition of any of the 4 majors.  MLB and NFL rule. At least the NHL hides it's thugs behind masks. The NBA is a 2 minute watch at best as the least two minutes of any game are the only part that matters.  I will take the college game anyday. Later dudes, good luck making your stabs on your castles!

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:20 pm

With all due respect, he HAS to care

I appreciate the CIC's effort to keep something that is being sold as an American iconic league in working order, but in truth, my bet is he believes the owners and players are both out of touch with the people he depends on for votes as well. While I haven't decided which way I will vote next year yet by any means, my President will certainly earn more respect from me if he verbally slaps BOTH sides across the face and tells them like it is. America is fed up with the 1% acting out, oblivious to the fact that the rest of America is scratching and clawing to maintain the existance of a middle class that is CRUCIAL to the survival of the upper crust. If they do not help the middle maintain at least a sense of hope, then the middle class will default to the revolutionary poor who are on the verge of striking out in a violent and uncontrollable manner. I, personally, do not want to bear witness to this. I am a single, solo, barely discernible voice in the wilderness who is watching a tsunami grow as people I know from both sides prepare for a showdown that will be ugly for everybody. I hope my leaders will step up to the plate and lead the way we all hoped for 3 years ago. It's what i voted for: leadership that can't be bought by the rich, controlled by the powerful elite, or manipulated by the voice of the lazy. Please lead Mr. President. Most of us will follow.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:56 pm

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

No NBA games means a lot of people are out of jobs.  This means more than just players.  It means all the arena workers.  It means all of the workers in the surrounding areas that works the restaurants, bars, hotels, etc.  As for Obama he is the best thing to happen to the United States since Bill Clinton.  He tries to pass a jobs act to create jobs just like what the Roosevelt Administration did to get out of the depression.  People that really believe the Republicans are telling the truth about trickle down Reaganomics are clueless.  With people out of work the chances of businesses surving are slim.  If the wealthy who prosper the most off of capitalism pay into the system more than more people can work and more money circulates.  Circulation is the most fundamental need of a good economy.  The massive layoffs started with the whole stock market crash in 2008.  Ironic this was when it was obvious that Obama was going to take office and the big corporations needed their puppet in the White House to protect their profits.  Club the $700 billion dollar bailout by the Bush administration was for the banks, Goldman Sachs and other huge financial firms and what did they do with the money?  Big bonuses for failures, banking fees for the common man and the refusal to bail out the auto industry one of the last manufacturers in the United States.  Republicans tried to put the auto industry workers out of business.  Facts are facts and look at the timeline to realize who is sticking it to the middle and lower class citizens.  Don't trust political lies. 

Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:31 pm

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

Bush has been out of office for 3 years.  How is it his fault nba staff are getting fired during a lock-out??  Are you one of Obama's kid playing on the internet??

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:30 pm

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

Obama will have plenty of time to watch basketball after he gets voted out next year. Funny what his priorities are though, what a joke of a president.

Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:42 pm

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

And for this he is "heartbroken" just another work stoppage while he is President.
A lot of people in this country understand work stoppage better then he does, they are the ones that should be heartbroken,
If his VP wasn't a complete dunce, I would suggest he resign for the good of the country.  

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:29 pm

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

The "Thugs" in which I speak of are:

Gilbert Arenas - Brought 4 Guns into Wizards Arena

Stephen Jackson - Kicked a man with a deformed arm.

Ron Artest - Jumped into the stands at the Palace Of Auburn Hills and caused a huge brawl.

Zach Randolph - Served 3 jail terms of 30 days for: Shoplifting, Possession Of Stolen Guns, and Battery.

Delonte West - Police found 2 handguns, a shot gun with 116 shells, and a Bowie Knife when pulled over on a motorcycle in 2009.

Sebastian Telfair - He has two seperate incidents in which he was charged with gun possession.

Caron Butler - A man who was arrested 15 times before he reached the age of 15.

There are more around the league as well. The NBA used to exude class and pure world class athletism that anyone could proudly admit they were a fan of. Today's game is a way watered down version of what the game was when Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, John Stockton, Karl Malone, etc. played. It's all flash and no substance. Not many games can you watch now were someone isn't making some kind of gang type sign.

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