Detroit Mayoral Race Looks Like NBA Reunion

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2009 3:04 PM CDT
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – NBA Hall of Famer Dave Bing, who’s running for mayor of Detroit, is turning to the political branch of the “NBA family” for support, the Detroit News reports. Former senator and presidential candidate Bill Bradley will appear next week with retired Suns point guard Kevin Johnson, now the mayor of Sacramento, to support Bing. “I just want to tap their heads so I can get that free advice, quite frankly,” Bing said.

Bing is running against the current mayor, Kenneth Cockrel Jr., in a May 5 special election brought on by the Kwame Kilpatrick scandal. “I don't want to make it an athletic thing,” Bing said, “but it's a situation where we're a family.” Bing said when it comes to athlete-politicians, Bradley “obviously is the guy everybody looks to," and that Johnson “feels he can bring some credibility to the table.”