1:55 pm Aug. 7, 2012
The Obama campaign's basketball-themed fund-raiser in New York later this month now has some big names attached to it.
Among the New York notables are Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing and the Nets' newest star, Joe Johnson.
But the biggest star is the Knicks' old nightmare: Michael Jordan, who will co-host a basketball-themed dinner reception.
It's a multiple-part fund-raiser with an afternoon event, starting at $5,000 for a parent and child ("or two people"), that includes "series of activities simulating a professional practice experience," after which "participants will be divided into teams and compete against each other while being coached by their hardwood heroes!"
That's followed by an evening dinner, co-hosted by Jordan and featuring a number of other current and former players, at a price of $20,000 per person. (The list of featured dinner guests also includes NBA commissioner David Stern, a prolific giver to Democrats, who supported Hillary Clinton in 2007 and 2008.)
The campaign announced Jordan's participation in a fund-raising email to supporters earlier today, offering supporters the chance to win a ticket, for as little as $3.
The afternoon event features some rising stars, like Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, and two recent number-one picks, Kyrie Irving and John Wall, to go with some established stars like Vince Carter and Paul Pierce.
It also includes some names that Knicks fans will greet with varying degrees of affection: former Knicks Tracy McGrady, Penny Hardaway, Jamal Crawford and Steve Smith, and Alonzo Mourning, whose leg Knicks' coach Jeff Van Gundy once attached himself to during a fight at the Garden.
The New York events are serving as a substitute for the postponed Obama Classic, which was originally scheduled for Washington D.C. in December, before the NBA suddenly settled its labor issues and hastily scheduled its training camps.
Here's the full list, in alphabetical order for the afternoon event: Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter, Jamal Crawford, Patrick Ewing, Penny Hardaway, Juwan Howard, Kyrie Irving, Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Alonzo Mourning, Paul Pierce, Austin Rivers, Rajon Rondo, Steve Smith, Dawn Staley, Sheryl Swoopes, John Wall.