7:12 AM, Jan 13, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama honored the NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, at the White House Monday, but joked that he almost sent in the second team, Vice President Biden, to host the event to keep himself "fresh for the State of the Union." The president said he would have been just following Spur's coach Gregg "Pop" Popovich's example, but in the end decided he'd rather meet the team:
THE PRESIDENT: Well, hello, everybody! (Applause.) Welcome to the White House. Everybody please have a seat. In case you didn’t know, these are the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. (Applause.) I was considering having the Vice President cover these remarks so I could stay fresh for the State of the Union. (Laughter.) Taking an example off Pop who sits his stars sometimes -- (laughter) -- but I decided I actually wanted to meet them.
When it came time for Popovich to speak, he didn't let President Obama get away with his joke:
What I want to remind the President about, if I might, with all due respect -- when I sit stars, I get fined. He doesn’t. (Laughter.)
It was not clear from the vice president's schedule whether he attended the event or not, but at least one other member of the president's team was present: Julian Castro, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the former mayor of San Antonio.
Jun 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Perhaps you’re aware that a prominent athlete recently posed for an Instagram photo alongside an attractive woman who happened to be involved with another man. Her significant other got carried away with his emotions. Hounded by the green-eyed god jealousy, he acted foolishly and spoke rashly. And then everyone forgot all about it—participants, press, and public.
11:10 AM, May 10, 2014 • By DAVID WOLFFORD
I experienced some rough emotions rooting for my alma mater, the University of Kentucky, during the NCAA tournament. Partly because of the close games and come-from-behind wins, and partly because of their one-and-done reputation under Coach John Calipari. The media contrasted UK’s likely NBA-bound freshmen and UConn senior Shabazz Napier, who remained a Huskie to earn his degree as a promise to his mother. It’s what made March maddening for me.
3:20 PM, Jul 31, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
A strange story today via a Portland, Oregon police press release: NBA Houston Rockets player Terrence Alexander Jones was arrested early this morning after allegedly stomping on a homeless man's leg:
1:11 PM, Jun 20, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In the wake of his scintillating 2-for-22 shooting exhibition on the White House basketball court — complete with an air ball, a steady barrage of bricks, and a layup that didn’t so much as draw iron — President Obama is now reportedly trying to enlist the National Basketball Association to help peddle Obamacare. What possible connection is there between the NBA and a government takeover of American medicine? Your guess is as good as the next person’s.
2:16 PM, Feb 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The State Department today announced a basketball exchange program with Brazil, according to a press release from the federal agency. The program is, at least in part, coordinated with the National Basketball Association (NBA).
2:49 PM, Jan 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Today at a White House event celebrating the NBA national champions the Miami Heat, President Barack Obama praised stars on the basketball team for taking "their roles as fathers seriously."
10:31 AM, Dec 13, 2012 • By DAVE JUDAY
The NBA franchise in New Orleans is, long overdue, considering a name change. This is a good thing—even though the proposed nickname Pelicans has been the target of an unfair amount of derision since being floated. To be sure, it’s not slick. It’s not modern. And it is not hip, like the singular form names of European soccer teams, such as United, Dynamo, or Arsenal. But it is quintessentially Louisiana.
3:01 PM, Sep 27, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ted Leonsis, the owner of the NHL's Washington Capitals, the NBA's Washington Wizards, the WNBA's Washington Mystics, and the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., has had enough of President Obama's class warfare rhetoric. Here's Leonsis's take, from his personal blog:
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