Keep working on your crossover, President Barack Obama. M.J.'s coming. (Getty Images)
UPDATE: Looks like the announced fundraiser isn't Version 2.0 of the all-star game that was planned back in December and postponed due to the end of the lockout.
According to an Obama campaign spokesman, while potential donors are being enticed by the prospect of "shooting hoops with Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving and Alonzo Mourning," "hit[ting] the court with Patrick Ewing and Melo" and "suiting up with hoops stars," there won't actually be a game played at the upcoming fundraiser. Furthermore, Michael Jordan's participation will be limited to co-hosting a dinner with President Barack Obama following the shootaround/meet-and-greet, according to Ben Finkenbinder, a regional press secretary for Obama for America.
No word yet on when (or if) the postponed game is scheduled to be made up, but again: This, unfortunately, ain't it.
It's been a little more than three weeks since President Barack Obama weighed in on the tempest-in-a-teapot "Dream Team vs. 2012" debate, telling ESPN he'd take the 1992 U.S. men's Olympic basketball team over this year's version of Team USA if the two squads were to square off. The first player that Obama, a longtime Chicago Bulls fan's mouth, referenced in doing so was, of course, Michael Jordan. Now, according to Nina Mandell of BuzzFeed Sports, M.J. is set to repay the commander in chief's compliment, agreeing to appear at a star-studded upcoming celebrity event aimed at raising funds for Obama's bid for re-election this November.
In addition to Jordan, the "2012 Obama Classic" will also feature Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony, and multiple other NBA and WNBA stars past and present, with donors in attendance and their guests getting to "meet the President — and shoot hoops with some of the best basketball players alive," according to Obama's campaign website.
Politico's Byron Tau shared copy from the campaign email announcing the event:
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"Imagine shooting hoops" with those stars, deputy national field director Marlon Marshall wrote in an email to supporters. Other attendees include Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving and Alonzo Mourning.
"Now stop dreaming and make it happen. You and a guest of your choice could join President Obama and some of the greatest basketball stars for a special night at the Obama Classic," Marshall wrote.
"Pitch in $3 or whatever you can, and you'll be automatically entered for a chance to win," Marshall wrote. "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."