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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: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 4:21 pm

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

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.
 It's not ranting, it's called reality. Come meet it sometime, and I promise for the low price of 19.99 , common sense & reality...will change your life forever!!!! Give me a call at 1-800-whiney-clowns. 

You all loved him back then, he could do no wrong
Not All Of Us!!!!
Then you shouldn't of picked a loser. lol. 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 4:09 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.
So because of the actions of 7 players, that means that other say, 425 are all thugs? What a sad perception you have of the world, I really hope you don't have any they don't get the narrow mindnessn and racial thinking that you seem to have. So what if Caron Butler was in trouble before he was 15, I personally got in a hell of a lot of trouble as a kid, spend time in group homes and everything, so I gues your calling me a thug then huh?

Delonte West will never play in the NBA again. Arenas is at the end of his road once his contract his up. Ron Artest may have had a hand in that brawl, but was no the cause of it. So what if someone was charged with gun possesion, last time I checked every American was going around packing heat. Way I look at it in the good ol USA,. I would much rather be caught with a gun, then caught without one.I would much rather get in trouble with the law, then be dead. I really have no defense for a few of those guys, especially Jackson, but Randolph has turned his crap around.

Jordan & Magic weren't flash? Are you kidding me? they practially invented that style of play???? Magic and the Lakers were called showtime for a reason. Jordan was hated as much as he was loved for a reason.

I really wish people knew what the hell they were talking about before they try to sound like know it alls. 

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:12 am

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

just think bfore u guy post

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Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:22 am
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Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:54 am

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

I am sorry our President is heart broken about the lockout.. I am heart broken he sucks as a President and heart broken about all the unemployed people in America...

Do some work Pres!

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:44 am

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

Maybe his dumb ass will concentrate on fixing america and not his golf game, or some other stupid sport.

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:57 am

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

come on for all u people sayn he should not knw anything about the lockout or care about it ur crazy cause sports have a major part in the economy and we need anything that can help so from an economical standpoint he should have more to do with it cause now the economy will suffer a lil more even just for those 2 weeks...

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:36 am

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

with the condition of this country, this piss ant of  a president should'nt even be concerned about this issue in any way. wake the f... up

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 5:40 am

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

The nation should be saddened and dumbfounded  that they were hoodwinked by this buffoon. Worst President ever, by a substantial margin.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:45 am

President Obama 'heartbroken' by NBA lockout

I cant believe we have such a dark joke in office. Ready to suck on Dwight Howards dixie stick

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