One of the highlights of the season for every defending NBA champion is a trip to the White House, where the team is feted by the President of the USA. Unfortunately for the Dallas Mavericks, the League failed to schedule such a trip for them largely due to the condensed 66-game season.
Fortunately for Dirk Nowitzki and company, Mark Cuban figured out a way for the team to visit with Barack Obama. And he’s not happy with the NBA’s schedule makers for the oversight.
The Mavs will visit President Barack Obama next Monday prior to a two-game road trip at Detroit and Boston. Cuban said he was appalled when the NBA released the condensed, 66-game schedule after the lockout and a trip to play the Washington Wizards was not on the schedule. Cuban said he didn’t bother to call the league to complain, but rather asked team CEO Terdema Ussery to call the White House.
“There’s no point in calling them. It’s bull—- by the league not to schedule it,” Cuban said. “I figured I’d do it myself since the league wasn’t smart enough to figure it out. How can you be that stupid? All you’ve got to do is when you’re putting in the scheduling software, say Dallas at Washington, yes. They managed to get Dallas and Miami and all the games set on certain days.”
Champions in each of the four major American sports leagues make an annual trip to visit the President at the White House. Those trips are typically arranged when the defending champion plays in or around the Washington D.C. area.
As for Mark Cuban, he can probably expect a stern phone call or email from NBA HQ informing him of a fine for voicing his displeasure in such a public way, but he should be used to that sort of thing by now.