On Feb. 23, Vince Carter's sprawling mansion in the suburban Orlando, Fla., neighborhood of Isleworth looked very presidential.
That was the day the Dallas Mavericks' swingman hosted a $30,000-a-plate fundraiser at his chic home for President Barack Obama. About 70 people attended the event, including owner Mark Cuban, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, ex-Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, former Atlanta Hawks guard Steve Smith and other non-NBA dignitaries.
Secret Service folks also were crawling all around Carter's massive estate.
"They took over the house and it was well guarded, if you can imagine, but it was just interesting to see," Carter said. "The process was an interesting process, but it was just great to see how it all worked and how they move and how they operate.
"It was just people everywhere. I'm not one for a lot of folks in the house, but, of course, if the Secret Service comes to your house, I think my house is going to be well secured, so it was all good."
Carter knows some of his neighbors didn't exactly like having their lives interrupted with the fundraiser; especially if they are Republicans.
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