Opinion: LeBron James dunks $20G’s in the basket for Barack Obama

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Not sure how we missed him the other day in another one of Dan Morain’s comprehensive campaign finance roundups. After all, the guy is about two feet taller than our garage door.

But LeBron Raymone James, the 6-8 ‘small’ forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, has endorsed Barack Obama for president.

If by endorsing, you mean donating $20G’s to a committee devoted to electing the freshman Illinois Democratic senator as president on Nov. 4.


James, an Akron native, was the No. 1 NBA draft choice in 2003 out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. He got $90 million for a shoe-endorsing contract with Nike before playing one minute in the NBA. So he sure must have pretty feet.

Presumably James can afford the political donation. Maybe he’ll also throw in a pair of running shoes for Obama to finish the race.

As you can easily see from the video highlights below, the much-touted James has turned out to be a pretty mediocre pro player, actually. He managed to be elected league Rookie of the Year only once. He’s been on the All-NBA team only four times and was league scoring champion this past season.

Sure, as you can see, he’s large (250 pounds), but he’s quick, jumps high and makes baskets from great distances.

Other than that, not much to show.

--Andrew Malcolm