It’s been a while since Alonzo Mourning has been on the court, but he apparently is back in the game for President Obama.
As part of an election fundraiser, the Obama campaign on Tuesday announced an upcoming fundraiser featuring several prominent current and former players, including Mourning, now a Miami Heat executive.
“Imagine shooting hoops with Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving, and Alonzo Mourning. Oh, and President Obama and Michael Jordan will be there, too,” the email from the Obama campaign read.
It continued, “Pitch in $ 3 or whatever you can, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win.
Hit the court with Patrick Ewing and Melo? Trade stories with the President? This is the kind of stuff your kids will tell their kids, and no one will believe it until you show them a photo.
“Don’t worry if suiting up with hoops stars isn’t your thing.
“I know you’ve got a kid or a friend who would love nothing more than to play with their heroes while you cheer them on from a courtside seat.
“If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to chip in and support the President, it’s time to get off the bench.”
The “Obama Classic” fundraising game originally had been scheduled for last Dec. 12 amid the NBA lockout, but was postponed when the lockout was settled.
A date and venue for the rescheduled game has yet to be set.
Heat forward Chris Bosh had been among those scheduled to participate in the original Classic in December, but is now recovering from his playoff abdominal injury.
Heat forwards LeBron James and Shane Battier have been among NBA players to make contributions to the Obama campaign.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, campaign contributions for Obama in 2008 included $ 20,000 from James, $ 4,300 from Battier and $ 2,300 from Mourning.
Mourning, now 42, last played in 2007, when a knee injury ended his career.