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President Obama to host NBA lockout charity game


Sure, we’ve grown a little weary of the NBA lockout charity games. But when the president calls and says he is putting a game together guys are going to lace it up for that one.

Well, it’s to help fundraise for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, so maybe we shouldn’t expect to see Spencer Hawes.

But the game is on and plenty of stars will play, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

Friday night,, a fundraising wing, announced that an NBA lockout game will be held Dec. 12 at a yet-to-be-announced venue in Washington, with Miami Heat forwards Chris Bosh and Juwan Howard, as well as Heat executive Alonzo Mourning among those on the playing rosters….

Among others listed to participate in the event are New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul, Knicks center Amare Stoudemire, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher, who had headed the now-defunct NBA players’ union…. Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Tyson Chandler, Jamal Crawford, Baron Davis, Rudy Gay, Blake Griffin, Tyler Hansbrough, Juwan Howard, Antawn Jamison, Dahntay Jones, Kevin Love, Cheryl Miller, Reggie Miller, Dikembe Mutombo, Quentin Richardson, Tina Thompson, John Wall and Russell Westbrook.

The league has already stepped in and said this is game is exempt from the rules preventing team employees from interacting with players, so Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and Orlando Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing will be the coaches for the game. That also clears the way for Mourning, who has been out of the league since a 2007 knee injury and works for the Heat.

No official word, but Obama himself is not expected to lace it up for this game. Which is too bad, we wanted to see Reggie Miller drain a three over him them make the choking sign like he was talking to Spike Lee.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.