On Air Force One en route to Miami, White House spokesman Jay Carney knocked down rumors that President Barack Obama would make it to tonight’s New York Knicks-Miami Heat game tonight to see Jeremy Lin play in person.
"We have been encouraging him to call an audible, if you will…so that we can stay in Miami and watch the game," Carney said. "Unfortunately, that’s not going to be possible."
Some court-level seats are pushing $10,000 on the secondary market, the Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman reports.
Since his emergence just a few weeks ago, Lin has become an international celebrity. He landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the second consecutive week this week -- a rare honor in the history of the magazine.
Obama is hitting up three high-dollar fundraisers today: one at the swank Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, another at the Pinecrest home of a top Democratic fundraiser and a third at the Orlando home of basketball star Vince Carter. He'll also speak about energy this afternoon at the University of Miami.