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February 26, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
As Kyle Trygstad mentioned in the RCP Blog, Barack Obama has a new supporter: Greg Oden.
In his own blog today, Oden writes that he spoke on the phone with Obama for "like two minutes," and he "got to talk to him like a real person."
Oden then offered his official backing:
He is a very nice man and I am a big fan. I got the chance to...read up on some of his beliefs and there are things he is doing that I really support like his plan with education, civil rights, and health care. That's why Senator Obama is getting my vote.
However, as Matthew Yglesias points out in The Atlantic
, this could actually be bad
for the presidential-hopeful from Illinois.
[T]he Portland Trailblazers won the draft lottery, took Oden with the number one pick, and Oden promptly suffered a season-ending injury. So is Obama like the much-hyped prospect who wins up letting your team down? A disturbing thought.
Other endorsements from NBA players that were released today:
Stephen Jackson - David Palmer
Fred Hoiberg - Himself
Carlos Boozer - Mike Gravel
Sam Cassell - John McCain; can relate on time spent in an awful location: Hanoi Hilton; LA Clippers
Mugsy Bogues - Dennis Kucinich
Scott Pollard - Mike Huckabee (really just supporting Chuck Norris, though)