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NBA lockout? Obama gets all-stars to play.

NBA lockout got you down? More than two dozen stars, including Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, are scheduled to play Dec. 12 for Obama fundraising event, despite NBA lockout.

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Chris Paul (right) jokes with Kevin Durant (center) in a charity basketball invitational game in Oklahoma City last month. Carmelo Anthony is at left. All three NBA stars are slated to play in President Obama's fundraising game Dec. 12 as the NBA lockout threatens to cancel the entire season.

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President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is bringing together more than two dozen National Basketball Association stars for a fundraising basketball game next month.

Obama's campaign says Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat and many others will headline the "Obama Classic Basketball Game" on Dec. 12 in Washington.

With the NBA season in jeopardy because of the lockout, the game will serve as a fundraising All-star game. Others confirmed to play include Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

Tickets range from $100 to $5,000 for courtside seats. The money will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising account by the Democratic Party and Obama's re-election campaign.


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