Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) responded this week to a suggestion by fellow 2020 contender, New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioProtesters splash red paint on NYC streets to symbolize blood De Blasio: Robert E Lee’s ‘name should be taken off everything in America, period’ House Democratic whip pushes back on calls to defund police: We need to focus on reform MORE, that he join the Brooklyn Nets after the two traded quips about the Vermont senator’s basketball skills.
“Not bad, @BernieSanders!” de Blasio tweeted in response to a video of Sanders making multiple baskets at an arcade basketball game. De Blasio then suggested his fellow presidential candidate should substitute for Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant.
Not bad, @BernieSanders!
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— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) August 6, 2019
“.@BernieSanders used to ball in Midwood back in the day and can still hoop, but we’re happy with our roster!” the NBA team’s Twitter account responded.
.@BernieSanders used to ball in Midwood back in the day and can still hoop, but we’re happy with our roster! https://t.co/ILW6U8SEZA
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 7, 2019
“I’ll be occupied through 2028, but thanks for thinking of me,” Sanders replied.
.@BilldeBlasio I’ll be occupied through 2028, but thanks for thinking of me. https://t.co/VatU3oyFmP
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 7, 2019
Sanders was an avid basketball player in his youth. A former teammate from Burlington, Vt., where Sanders served as mayor, told The Guardian in 2016, “From mid-range, 10-15 feet, he could kill you.”
Sanders also played with his grandchildren in February 2016, shortly after his victory in the New Hampshire Democratic primary for the party’s presidential nomination.