David West Has Obama’s Back

October 8, 2008 – 3:07 pm by Matthew Glenesk

On Wednesday, the New Orleans Hornets were in Indianapolis for a preseason game against the Indiana Pacers.

The game is at the Pepsi Coliseum inside the Indiana State Fairgrounds (i.e. a piece of shit old arena where the Indiana Ice, a minor league hockey team play). Inside the Fairgrounds is a racetrack with a large stage, which is often used as a venue for concerts.

On Wednesday morning, the stage was Barack Obama’s.

More than 20,000 people packed the stands, and I mean packed the stands to hear the Democratic nominee for president. I was among them. Believe it or not, I actually got up before 10 a.m. (7 a.m. to be exact) so that I would get preferred seating.

As I took my “preferred” seat, I noticed right next to me there was a bloc of seats left vacant with “Reserved” signs on them. The next time I turned around, I saw the whole Hornets team.

I’m even talking Sean Marks and Ryan Bowen.

Who knows if Bowen or Marks, who is from New Zealand, even care about Obama, but it’s hard enough for whiteboys in the NBA. If you want any cred with your teammates, you go with them to an Obama rally. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

During Obama’s speech, a protester, a young white male, sitting about six rows in front of the entire Hornets team started yelling.

I’m not sure exactly what he was saying, but it sounded roughly like, “Obama, this isn’t your new world order!” I’m not sure if that makes sense but he was raising both his arms  in what might be described as a double-barreled Nazi salute.

And seeing as David West knows a little something about defense (he averaged a career-high 1.3 blocks a game last year), it was fitting that the All-Star forward was the first to come to Obama’s defense.

“Shut up!” West yelled down to the protester.

The protester kept on.

“Shut up!”

I’ll say the protester was roughly 5-foot-10, maybe 165 pounds.

West is 6-foot-9, 240 pounds.

Advantage: West.

Luckily for the protester, a member of the Secret Service got to him before West could.

Perhaps West would have shown him the same type of respect he showed Dirk Nowitzki.

As the Secret Service agent was removing the protester, he escorted him right by the Hornets. And I’m going out on a limb here, but I doubt he figured he’d hear Chris Paul or Tyson Chandler call him all sorts of nice things on his way out.

The commotion caused Obama to stop his speech. “What’s going on up there?” he asked.

It’s simple, Senator. David West has your back.

On a lighter note, the Hornets also provided those sitting around them with a moment of levity. During Obama’s speech he talked about his tax cut plan for 95 percent of the country and told the crowd that anyone making about $250,000 would receive a tax cut. He then asked for a show of hands of who made less than $250,000. I’m pretty sure the only one to raise his hand among the Hornets contingent was the team’s trainer, or what looked like a trainer (could have been the team’s bus driver for all I know).

Some of the players enjoyed a laugh about it, and wouldn’t you if you made $10 million a year? West makes more than $250,000 playing in just two games ($259,756 to be exact).

Maybe they’ll tip the driver a little more next time.

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  1. 16 Responses to “David West Has Obama’s Back”

  2. nice story. i know other people are covering the fact that the hornets were at this, but you’ve gotta be the only person with this kind of inside scoop. good work.

    on another note, most internationals are just as if not more interested in this election than we are. and when it comes to obama, they pretty much all love him. for a lot of the world, after 8 years of bush this is our last chance of gaining back some respect.

    By Pablo on Oct 9, 2008

  3. Great story, thanks for sharing.

    By Ron Hitley on Oct 9, 2008

  4. Great point, Pablo.

    As an American living abroad, I can confirm that many of our friends around the world are also looking forward to change in the US. Our country, despite its flaws, still has a huge influence on the world – both good and bad.

    By grover on Oct 9, 2008

  5. @ pablo.

    agreed. im not american nor living in the US, but im very much interested about the upcoming US elections. and yea, i for one, do like barrack obama to become the next US president.

    By e-flash on Oct 10, 2008

  6. Of course you would state “but it’s hard enough for whiteboys in the NBA. If you want any cred with your teammates, you go with them to an Obama rally. No ifs, ands or buts about it.”

    This presidental run by Obama is nothing more than a play on the color of his skin. he has no other backing but to say look at me, i have proven nothing in my political career but vote for me. Of course D West would vote for him he has proven himself to be nothing more than the rest of the NBA, drug using, chest thumping, only care about their own stats player. Reason why the NBA failed too much ill get mine, let Obama in office and the same thing will happen

    By ldb52683 on Oct 10, 2008

  7. the writer is racist. why does going to an obama rally increase a white guy’s steet cred? obviously a comment from an ignorant racist. also the writer has already vocalized several times that he is voting for mccain, which makes him a hypocrit and a fag. find new material to write about and get job. your blog sucks.

    By the truth hurts on Oct 10, 2008

  8. Mom, is that you?

    Obviously haven’t spoken in a while, but thanks for visiting. Hope the hernia gets better.

    By TheBaker on Oct 10, 2008

  9. the hernia is better, thank you. as for my girfriend, the combined damage caused by you and dk is permanent. out of my hands though. i still read your blog every now and then. just so you know, i sabotaged you earlier for the sake of sabotaging you, nothing else intended. two things i found weird: 1) you were at an obama rally (last time we talked, you were highly set on mccain) and 2) there was a nazi at the rally and your loud obnoxious Jewish ass didn’t yell anything back? Have you changed?

    By Anonymous on Oct 10, 2008

  10. “Who knows if Bowen or Marks, who is from New Zealand, even care about Obama, but it’s hard enough for whiteboys in the NBA. If you want any cred with your teammates, you go with them to an Obama rally. No ifs, ands or buts about it.”

    Considering the fact that Sean Marks gained his U.S. Citizenship last season and is now eligible to vote for the next President of the United States of America, I think that he actually attended the conference for political reasons, and not just to help get street cred with his teammates.

    It always helps to know about the guy you’re talking about, before trying to put him down and discredit his political earnest.

    Thanks for being an pretencious ass

    By Buster on Oct 10, 2008

  11. Very interesting story; thanks I enjoyed it.

    By Jay on Oct 10, 2008

  12. the story seems like a fable. why would the team get up at 7AM to listen to obama say that their way of life as welathy entertainers is wrong and he wants over 50% of their money to give to someone else.

    david west probably has an IQ equal to his height in inches. that would be 81.

    why are 96% of blacks voting for obama?
    are they racists?

    does this mean all whites should vote for mccain?

    By chuckles199 on Oct 12, 2008

  13. speaking of internationals’ opinion of us politics, i couldnt believe how much everyone i talked to while swigging beers at oktoberfest in munich last week hates sarah palin. The world honestly hates palin more than bush.

    By dave on Oct 13, 2008

  14. Yes, this was a fable. That’s why there is a fucking photograph of the Hornets at the rally in the text. Also, chuckles should know that you’re allowed to use capitalization in sentences these days, but I’m not sure if his IQ is above David West’s.

    By Hickey on Oct 14, 2008

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