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Magic Johnson reportedly to play in Obama Classic

November 22, 2011 |  6:30 pm

Magic Johnson

This White House visit was supposed to commemorate the Lakers for winning the 2009 NBA championship. But it also provided President Barack Obama a chance for taking a dig at Magic Johnson for losing to his beloved team, the Chicago Bulls, in the 1991 NBA Finals.

""You remember that Magic," Obama said. "You know, they won the first game and they were feeling cocky. And [John] Paxson was hitting all those shots."

As Obama then mimicked Michael Jordan's legendary up-and-under shot, Johnson could do nothing but laugh at the criticism. But now the Lakers' great has a chance to fire back. As reported by ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher, Johnson will be among the participants playing Dec. 12 in in the "Obama Classic" -- an exhibition game/fundraising event for President Obama's reelection campaign that will feature plenty of NBA players at an undetermined venue in Washington D.C.

Bucher reported it remains unclear whether Obama will actually suit up himself. But making a game-winner or at least holding his own at 52-years-old should provide enough ammunition for Johnson to trash talk back toward the president. 


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