Obama on NBA tentative agreement: 'Good deal'
November 26th, 2011
12:14 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama on NBA tentative agreement: 'Good deal'

(CNN) - After playing basketball at Washington's Fort McNair Army Base on Saturday, President Barack Obama seemed to approve the tentative deal reached earlier in the day to end the NBA lockout.

When asked about the potential agreement, Obama gave a thumbs-up and said, "Good deal!"

NBA Commissioner David Stern announced Saturday that players and owners appear to have come close to an understanding that could lead to a Christmas Day opener for the basketball season.

But even before that, fans will get a chance to see some pros face off in Washington in mid-December, that is if they're willing to dish out some campaign cash for the president.

A longtime basketball fan, Obama is slated to host the "First Ever Obama Classic" on December 12, a fundraiser featuring current and former NBA players. Some big names have already signed up, including Boston Celtics' guard Ray Allen and New York Knicks' forward Carmelo Anthony.

Other players include Patrick Ewing, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard, and two female players: Cheryl Miller and Tina Thompson. More players will be added before the event, according to the Obama campaign.

The president will attend the Oregon State vs. Towson basketball game in Maryland Saturday afternoon.

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. mike

    Well now I'm so relieved our president approves of the NBA deal! Is this even news??? What a waste of a presidency! This guy had so much potential. Now we know it was all a lie. What an obummer!

    November 26, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  2. jamesnyc

    Obama should be paying attention TO BUSINESS not this nonsense! Put more energy into getting things done with congress and put his basketball down.

    November 26, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. Hussein Obama

    Yep – that's your president, CNN...

    November 26, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  4. Ed 1

    I am so glad you gave your thumbs up on this now I can sleep better at night knowing you are for the so called 1%.

    I know you don't have anything else to do except make sure our Country goes straight down the drain so you can blame somebody else as you do everything else.

    I don't know how you can sleep at night knowing you back unions and every other greedy hand out to take money from my pocket so they don't have to work.

    Something is really wrong with a person who continues to not answer questions about how we are going to get back on track with your lousy no leadership. I know Carter sleeps better at night knowing he is no longer the worst President in US history.

    November 26, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. Tom

    Impressive. He's usually sitting on them

    November 26, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  6. Kevin

    Good to see ob working so hard. He better live it up the next 11 months before the voters kick him to the curb. He's toast....

    November 27, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  7. stevep1

    If the stupid NBA can settle, why can't our inept government?. Losers all. Anyone else embarrassed?

    November 27, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  8. Dan

    Good to know that while the world is on fire our campaigner in chief found time to get a pick up game in. Clueless in Washington.

    November 27, 2011 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  9. truth decay

    yup, & unfortunately for you guys, these debates, primaries & ultimately the nomination & vp candidate selection are all leading up to figuring out who's going to lose to obama in 2012. he may not be doing the job all the dems hoped for, but compared to mcpain & this field of potential opponents, his margin of victory may even be greater next time. i know you don't want to hear that but you can mark my words, obama will be in office until 2016.

    November 27, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  10. george bush

    If Obama is for it you can bet it's a bad idea,sure to be a failure...PS dont blame this one on me hussain...

    November 27, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  11. Descarado

    This breaks my heart! I was hoping these illiterate, tattooed, ghetto-smack excuses for grown-up men were going to evaporate from American culture.

    Maybe David Stern and Obama should celebrate this agreement by getting a face tattoo?

    November 27, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  12. tamara reina

    Yes, money cares

    November 27, 2011 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  13. Jack

    Wow... He can make a comment about this but he can't be bothered to be involved to fix the US economic situation?

    November 27, 2011 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  14. sirock

    Dear Democrats did you know if all of the money that Bill gates, Warren Buffet, Carlos Slim Helu, Bernard Arnault,Larry Ellison, Lakshmi Mittal, Armancio Ortega, Eike Baptista, Mekesh Ambani and the whole Walton family thats $375 Billion. Well last year obama put the US over a trillion deeper in Debt. So if you took every dollar from the ten richest people in America you would still be short more then $ 625 Billion. Wake up obama lies and blames the rich he just spends way more then we have period

    November 27, 2011 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  15. DRJ

    Obama should be concentrating more on running this nation than worrying about overpaid athletes and what is happening in the sports arena.

    November 27, 2011 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  16. david burns

    Darn, I was hoping they would cancel the entire season. Can these players and owners possibly be the greediest and most spoiled folks in the country?

    November 27, 2011 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  17. Randy

    All major pro Sparta have unions and they seems to be doing well. Obama why not support collective bargaining for the the 99%?It works for billionaires and millionaires.

    November 27, 2011 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  18. 18E

    What/ the NBA was on strike.? didn't even notice.

    November 27, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  19. enough of the wicked "O"

    Are You Better Off NOW or were you Better OFF 4 years ago, Ask 14 million unemployed people who had jobs before wefare obama. Ask 200,000 small bankrupt business before small business destroyer obama, Vote the black wanna be dictaor out and Save America for your kids.

    November 27, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
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