The Washington Times - November 23, 2011, 10:22AM

For hoops junkies sorely missing basketball at this time of the year, President Barack Obama has found a way to turn lockout lemons into lemonade, at least for one day.

According to an Obama campaign website, the first Obama Classic will be held on December 12, with proceeds going to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising account for the Obama re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.The event was first reported by ESPN’s Ric Bucher.


Wizards star John Wall has been confirmed as a participant, along with D.C. native Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Also confirmed so far are:

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

Late additions are Magic Johnson and the Wizards Hamady N’diaye, who is replacing Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

The game is scheduled for 4pm, although the venue has not yet been released. Ticket prices start at $100 for younger fans, $200 for general admission, $500 for premium lower deck seats, and $5000 will get you courtside.

According to the website, last month, Rivers, Howard, Carter and Ewing, and other current and former NBA players attended a private Obama fundraiser in Florida.

Obama is well known to be a basketball junkie; a fan of both college and professional hoops. The former Illinois senator makes no secret of the fact that he’s a hard core Chicago Bulls fan. The website has not confirmed whether or not the President will actually attend the game.

Fans can check out the website for more details as they become available.