Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  43 responses

Mark Cuban Calls ‘Bullsh*t’ on the NBA for No White House Trip

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

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.

Reports ESPN:

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.

The Mavericks players — even those who didn’t win rings — all seem excited about the upcoming trip.

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.

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  • tomtom

    Say what you want about that chubby little half-wit but he get business DONE.


    david stern is a ass munch and i hate the mavericks too..

  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS

    ahahaaaa lets go Cuban, He be like “F*CK THE SYSTEM NlGGA”


    ^^^ LOL ^^^

  • Taylor

    Seriously… The NBA didnt schedule their trip? The only champions to never go to the white house? Why… I mean thats a pretty obvious mistake, I’d lash out too if i were Cuban. Yeah he can be a little annoying sometimes, but really whats with all this Mavs hate? They’re a bunch of oldies that repy on tram play, not outrageous athleticism and star power. I thought it was something to celebrate qhen they won…. Bit i guess not

  • ripslam

    So do Butler, Chandler, and Barea get to go too, or is that too awkward, lol.


    Stern gives Cuban another facial.

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    Millhouse swings across the vine into safety from the angry mob. Bart calls to him “OK, now throw the vine back to us.”
    “There’s not enough time!” as he cowardly flees.

    Seems an apt comparison to how the League handled this.

  • LA Huey

    Good ol’ Cubes.

  • Aizen

    cosign, lol…

  • robertmavs

    he will punk the sh”t out of obama.

  • Yesse

    Well, i don’t like Mark, but i agree with him. Every championship team goes to the white house and it’s an honor for everyone who wins a championship, so why not?

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    Maybe Obama called Stern and told him he disliked Mr Cuban. And also thought the Mavs were on par with the Spurs for most boring team in the league.

  • Yesplease

    Oh just the visual of little Marky stomping his feet and folding his arms…precious.


    looooooooooooool at rik both comments might be true

  • http://slamonline.com jumpman22

    Fine, cancel the trip for the Champion of ‘the condensed 66-game season’ then. Mavs have nothing to do with the shortened season.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I always co-sign Rik Smits Mullet, but… I can’t today. Spurs are a great team and very fun to watch. Mavs too; well, last year mostly. But co-sign his mullet.

  • S-Mills

    The real reason Cuban is upset about no trip to Washington is missing out the free win…I love Washington but lets be real real, they ain’t winning to many games this year.

  • don

    so no kidd vs wall this year? that’s sad.

  • Heals

    Just a coincidence right Danny Boy? Like the C’s and LAL both playing a H/A game, or NYK too, or Dal v Mia H and A too. Bust his a$$ Cub’s…

  • bike

    Obama cancelled the meeting, not the nba. Obama was worried that Dirk would scare the family dog.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    I know the spurs are a great team. Only there uni’s make them look killer boring black and silver aka grey and also one of the best pfs the nba ever seen tim “mr.fundamentally boring” duncan makes it killer dull. Manu is one of my favorite 2 guards i love his euro step paint weaving but i sometimes think how much cooler he would be in a flashy uni like the hornets or nuggets would make him that much more flashy to watch. Also Tony Parker looks like he is mid forty even though he is just 28 or 29.

    My mullet is honoured though. Lol

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Slamonline used to have the daily scheduled games listed under the orange home/news/blogs/etc. bar, making it easy to stop-in and see whos playing today, and scores of games already underway… Y U No Do That anymore?!?

  • doyouwantmore

    This is a perfect example of two sides of an argument: You have the private-sector wealth-creating billionaire who gets results in the face of bull$hit politics and you have the liberal politician in David Stern who makes decisions based on the what’s best for the institution rather than what’s right for the individual.

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    You really think David Stern is a liberal? Lol. That is hilarious!

  • Spades

    Haha guess no one gives a crap about the Mavs. Everyone knows the cash cow and thus the focus is on Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. For the first time in a while, all those teams are rolling. I guess Stern conveniently forgot about Dallas.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I want more. When are you on stage again?

  • http://dsjfklfl.com Jukai

    Yeah, as crazy as doyouwantmore’s posts was (and usually are), David Stern is a pretty well known liberal… He has donated well over half a million dollars to the democratic party…. soooooo you guys may wanna get your facts straight.

  • Heals

    I dunno, not questioning those donation $$$ Juk (I’m sure you’re right), but I had the same thought Allen did. I think he’s liberal about about things on the whole, but he acts in a conservative manner regarding certain particulars (wow that’s vague) in my opinion…

  • http://dsjfklfl.com Jukai

    Heals: He’s never donated any money to any Republican in his life, regularly supports the Democrats both nationally and in his hometown, has sent money to aid acts supporting in gay rights and climate change, and puts a lot of his time into making the NBA look like the premier league in charity and community care.
    Look at what he does outside the business, man.

  • http://dsjfklfl.com Jukai

    I guess the thing is, if he had just had a soundbyte saying he voted democrat, it’d be one thing… but he’s a pretty well known, BIG TIME, proactive Democrat.

  • charliewinning

    For the record, there are conservative democrats. Stern appears to be very liberal socially but the manner in which he conduct NBA business appears very conservative. Also, we’re all old enough to know that the words Republican and conservatives are not synonyms. Just like Democrat and liberal are not synomyms. There are plenty of fiscally conservative democrats around.

  • http://dsjfklfl.com Jukai

    charliewinning: Could you elaborate on how Stern runs the league conservatively?

  • charliewinning

    You mean besides the fact that he wanted to subsidize the financial losses resulting from poor management on the backs off the employees (players) who held up their end of the arranegment? Besides his desire to restrict the freedom of movement by the employees (players) even in the event of free agency? Even issues percieved to be minor such as on court emotional expressions (think John Wall’s stare the other day) seem to be tightly controlled. Voice displeasure at officiating, lose a chunk of your money. He doesn’t like a particular trade, even if it follows CBA guidelines, he’ll kill it. He likes his right-winged way of rule. He’s nearly a sport’s business facist.

  • doyouwantmore

    They mean he’s rich but they lack the ability to articulate their prejudice and brainwashing.

  • Yannick

    Haha Mark Cuban is such an entertaining guy. You’ve got to like té fact that he’s not scared of voicing what he thinks.

  • carmen

    Good for you Mark!!! NBA HQ has been suspect as of late so no surprise there.

  • carmen

    Wow going thru some of these comments and I wonder what democrat v republican have to do with this story???

  • Joe Black

    What a two faced whiny b*tch. Tell Cuban to stop his phony crocodile tears. He’s just smoke screening for when he steals Deron Williams and Dwight Howard from their teams w/ no compensation this summer.

  • http://slamonline.com neitel

    i hope the mavs never, EVER wibn anythign again. dirk retire please, go back to germany man…

  • http://ellipsisdots.tumblr.com/ Ellipsisdots

    Stern is busy. Obama is busy. Cuban is not. lol

  • http://yahoo Larry Young

    The MAVERICKS should have kelp the players they had last year in the CHAMPIONSHIP!They still gon win the CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

  • James Wolfe

    Stern is sending you a message Mark!