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NBA Stars Sign on for First-Ever 'Obama Classic' 2012 Basketball Fundraiser


$5,000 for courtside seats

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Want to see some professional basketball? While the National Basketball Association lockout continues to whittle down the regular season, NBA stars will be shooting hoops next month to raise cash for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign.

The "First-Ever Obama Classic Basketball Game" will be played Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C. and feature a whole host of NBA players. All proceeds will benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account held by the Democratic Party and the president's re-election campaign.

"Athletes who support President Obama…will play actual games at the event in Washington," Michael Blake, deputy director of the Obama campaign’s "Operation Vote," said in an email to prospective donors, Politico reported.

According to the president's re-election website, more than 30 NBA names are slated to attend, including Boston Celtics' guard Ray Allen, New York Knicks' forward Carmelo Anthony and Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh.

It is not yet known whether Obama himself will attend.

Ticket prices range from $100 for a limited number of "Gen44" seats for younger supporters, to $5,000 to sit courtside.

Obama is an avid basketball fan, last weekend watching a college hoops game aboard an aircraft carrier docked in California.

According to CNN, former professional players attended an Obama fundraiser in Orlando earlier this fall. At that event, Obama reportedly told the crowd, "I don't miss my shots in the fourth quarter."

From Obama's 2012 website, here is the full list of names scheduled to play:

Ray Allen - Carmelo Anthony - Chris Bosh - Vince Carter - Tyson Chandler - Jamal Crawford - Kevin Durant - Baron Davis - Patrick Ewing - Derek Fisher - Rudy Gay - Blake Griffin - Tyler Hansbrough - Dwight Howard - Juwan Howard - Antawn Jamison - Dahntay Jones - Brandon Knight - Kevin Love - Jamal Mashburn - Cheryl Miller - Alonzo Mourning - Dikembe Mutombo - Chris Paul - Quentin Richardson - Doc Rivers - Steve Smith - Jerry Stackhouse - Amare Stoudemire - Tina Thompson - John Wall - Russell Westbrook
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