Chris Bosh is used to a little bit of NBA anonymity. Well, as much anonymity as one gets being a 7-foot tall, NBA All-Star. Maybe it’s a Canada thing, but he felt in the shadows.
Now Chris Bosh has jumped up a few levels on the notoriety scale, everybody knows who he is. Even if some fans know him as “that other guy.”
So he shouldn’t be shocked when people recognize him. Especially the Baller-In-Chief Barack Obama, who probably would have recognized him before this summer. But Bosh told the Associated Press he was surprised Obama knew who he was.
Bosh and Dwyane Wade were among those attending a fundraiser at Alonzo Mourning’s home on Monday, when Obama appeared in support of U.S. Rep. Ron Klein’s re-election campaign. It was the first time Bosh met the president, who says he will root for the Heat this season — except when they the Chicago Bulls.
Bosh says “it was cool” meeting the president. Bosh says he doesn’t get nervous meeting people because “we’re all people at the end of the day.”
Bosh says Obama talked about teamwork, drawing parallels between what Wade wanted to see during this summer’s free-agent period and what the president wants to see in the November elections
The Heat will want better teamwork than the Democratic Party has displayed lately.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.