LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Two of the Southland’s most popular NBA players are taking their game to the nation’s capitol — for one night at least.

Lakers guard Derek Fisher and Clippers forward Blake Griffin are among the nearly 30 NBA and WNBA stars set to take the court in an all-star fundraising effort for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The game is scheduled for Dec. 12 in Washington at a venue still to be determined.

Obama, a longtime hoops fan, previously invited Fisher to play in a game for his birthday party back in August of 2010.

This game, however, will be much more than a backyard affair.

According to materials cited by the Journal, donors will pay upwards of $35,000 for a VIP package that includes “one bench seat and two courtside seats, shoot-around with the players before the game, autograph session and meet & greet and dinner with the players following the game”.

A single courtside seat, meanwhile, is going for $5,000.

Fisher and Griffin aren’t the first ballers from the Southland to help the president raise funds for campaign: Lakers legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson contributed nearly $32,000 to Obama’s first White House run.

The star-studded event comes nearly two weeks before the NBA season is set to resume following a tentative deal to end a labor contract dispute that nearly threatened to derail the season.

Comments (7)
  1. Carlys says:

    Not D- Fish??? Like That Guy Has Any Chance At Getting Re-Elected!!! What A Joke!!! Worst President Ever!!!

    1. Lathan Ross says:

      dude, make the connection: these NBA players are doing this fundraiser,and other blacks will come from everywhere and vote to re-elect Obama in droves, just because he’s black, as they did in 2008- no other reason, he’s black, I’m black period.

      1. John Holmes says:

        Lathan Ross: You are so right about Obama using NBA players to influence black voters to vote for him since he likes basketball like every other African-American voter, even though he has not helped them out for the last 3 years in office.

    2. Jose says:

      No different than being a Republican or Democrat and only voting for your party, no matter how bad they are.

  2. ybarra says:

    Why don’t these nba scholars ever do a fundraiser to create jobs or combat homelessness especially in the negro communities!

  3. rankin1 says:

    boycott the nBA an the kardashians sick of both

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