January 9th, 2012
02:33 PM ET
President Obama celebrated his favorite sport today when he hosted the Dallas Mavericks in an East Room ceremony.
Due to the shortened NBA season, the team wasn't scheduled to be in Washington to play the Wizards so they made a special trip to DC to see the president.
The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat last June, taking four out of six games in the finals, to win the NBA Championship. It was only their second title in franchise history.
"This is a special group. Last season they called themselves the Bad News Bears because from the very beginning nobody gave them much of a chance. People said that Jason Kidd was too old, and I will say that this is the first time I've been with some world champions who are my contemporaries," the President said.
Jason Kidd is 38 years old compared to the president, who is 50.
President Obama also predicted that next year the Chicago Bulls would be the guests of honor. "I told them that, you know, it's too bad that next year it'll be the Chicago Bulls here, but they said I shouldn't be so confident."
All but one member of the Mavericks were present. Guard Delonte West told reporters after the Mavericks victory on Saturday night that he was being "banned from the White House." West had a high-profile arrest with a weapons charge in 2009.
"I'm going home to D.C., I'm just not allowed to go to the White House," West said. "That's what happens when you make bad decisions in your life. You can't go to the White House."
United States Secret Service spokesman Max Milien says that West was never denied access to the White House. In fact, his name was on the list with the rest of the team members to be at the White House. "I'm not sure who advised him to not come, but it was certainly not the Secret Service," Milien told CNN.