Obama to attend men’s Team USA basketball exhibition, skip women’s game

Vince Coglianese Editorial Director
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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will stop by the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. tonight to see the men’s U.S. Olympic basketball team take on Brazil in an exhibition game.

The White House’s press schedule for the president notes that, tonight, “the President will attend the United States vs. Brazil women and men’s basketball games at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.”

But the president is set for a 7:10 p.m. arrival, according to The Hill, meaning he’ll miss most of the Team USA women’s game which tips off at 5:30 p.m.

The men’s game tips off at 8 p.m. and Obama will give his latest ESPN interview at halftime with Mark Jones, a sportscaster for the network.

The men’s team is composed of a super-star roster of NBA athletes, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, while the women’s team is composed of all stars from the WNBA.

LeBron James recently visited the White House with his Miami Heat teammates to receive congratulations from the president for winning the NBA championship.

James donated $20,000 to the Obama campaign in 2008 and at least $30,000 to his 2012 re-election campaign.

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