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Carmelo Anthony and Patrick Ewing Will Participate in the ‘Obama Classic’

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Carmelo Anthony #15 of the USA Mens Senior National team hugs The First Lady Michelle Obama after defeating France 98-71 at the Olympic Park Basketball Arena during the London Olympic Games on July 29, 2012 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) Carmelo Anthony is a friend of the Obamas, it seems.

President Obama is a basketball fan and many basketball people are President Obama fans, so it was only a matter of time before Obama's reelection campaign involved some NBA talent. They're going big, too. The campaign announced today that there will be a basketball event on August 22 in New York — "The Obama Classic" — rounding up numerous basketball stars and raising some funds in the process.

There will be food and there will be basketball, though it's not entirely clear how much of each. If you donate three dollars or more (to the Obama campaign, mind you), you'll be entered into a raffle to attend the event and share the food and basketball with all the stars. Which stars? Well, Michael Jordan (Space Jam) appears to be the headliner, but some eminent Knicks and former Knicks will also be making appearances. In order of eminence/Knickness: Patrick Ewing (Space Jam), Carmelo Anthony, Jamal Crawford, Penny Hardaway, and Tracy McGrady will all be there, among many others.

As Dan Devine of Yahoo! notes, this is far from the first time basketball players (Knicks included) participated on Obama's behalf, though getting MJ himself involved seems like a big deal. If Mitt Romney wants to match this effort, there's always, uh ... Spencer Hawes?

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