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NBA Stars Contribute to Obama’s Record-Breaking Victory Fund Campaign

Hoops junkie President Obama has enjoyed a good relationship with many NBA players including Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers

Former and current superstars players of the National Basketball Association have a lot of time on their hands — you know, with the lockout and all — so some of them are actively working with and/or fundraising for President Obama’s reelection campaign.

Former All-Pros Grant Hill and Patrick Ewing and former star guard-turned-superstar coach Doc Rivers [Boston Celtics] will be among those in attendance when the Obama Victory Fund machine steamrolls into Middle Florida for a series of fundraisers.

The first stop, the media reports, is a stop at the Sheraton in Orlando, Fla., before an exclusive crowd of 450 blue-blooded folks. Tickets for that soiree range from $25 to $35,000. The money raised will be poured into the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account of the Obama’s reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Later on that day is a visit to Lake Mary, Fla., where sources reveal that the likes of Hill, Ewing and Rivers will appear for the $1,500-per-person affair.

As was painfully documented in the record-setting ESPN sports special “Fab Five”, Grant Hill’s mother, Janet, was a Wellesley College roommate of former 2008 presidential front-runner and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though he supported Obama.

Grant Hill is an avid Obama supporter

Wide-scale reports of Obama’s unpopularity and vulnerability notwithstanding, Obama nevertheless had hauled in a record $86 million in the second quarter of this year — during what is considered the worst economic quandary in 80 years. The next quarter haul was $55 mill, a still handsome and impressive intake considering the fact that Obama and VP Joe Biden had to suspend fundraising for a large stretch to put out four-alarm debt ceiling fires this past summer. –terry shropshire