Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRestless progressives eye 2024 Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) responded this week to a suggestion by fellow 2020 contender, New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioOversight panel eyes excessive bail, jail overcrowding in New York City The real 'threat to democracy'? Pols who polarize us with their opinions Five faces from the media who became political candidates 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.
“.@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.
“I’ll be occupied through 2028, but thanks for thinking of me,” Sanders replied.
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.