A Maverick moment
January 9th, 2012
02:33 PM ET

A Maverick moment

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.

Topics: Basketball • President Obama • The Buzz

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. John

    This is one of many "traditions" that needs to stop. I hope we aren't paying for these trips. My guess is the first president to do this was a repub..

    January 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Trace


      Sometimes its best not to say anything for fear of being thought to be an idiot, as opposed to opening your mouth and leaving no doubt whatsoever.

      Mark Cuban (the funny looking guy – owner of the Mavs) paid for the team's trip, including coaches and members of the administrative staff. Every organization pays their own way to the WH for this photo op. Of course if you actually watched basketball you would already know that, instead of throwing out the old "...I hope we're not paying for it " Faux news 150 ways and reasons to hate Obama lines.

      January 10, 2012 at 2:26 am |
      • John

        So you think no money was spent? This is an event – events need to be coordinated. Someones job at the WH is to coordinate events. That someone is paid. Security needs to be added for any type of WH event. Security costs money. Delonte West couldn't attend this visit because of a failed backround check – so we need to add the cost of a backround check for every individual attending – more money spent. I am sure there are many expenses I am not thinking of associated with these visits. Libs like to call other people names, like you calling me an idiot without anything to back up what you are saying. We know that is what libs do because they really have nothing good to say. Enough said.
        What news do you watch? Given your comment about Fox news for no apparent reason, you seem like a Media Matters type person.

        January 10, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • Trace

      John, get over yourself....do you think it hurts my feelings that you complain about those "mean ole libs" HA HA.....I've never been a liberal anything. Its a new party called "Pragmatists"

      Vapid people like you are complaining about the money spent to do back ground checks and to have security at the WH, when in reality the reason for our economy being decimated is because of two (2) unfunded wars...or did you even hear that on Faux News????? Oh course not....Oh course you hear that the reason the country is broke, is because Obama has Basketball teams visiting the white house, and it cost too much.....Sorry, you've earned the name I-D-I-O-T

      January 10, 2012 at 9:49 am |
      • John

        Please, you responded to my comment. You obviously watch Media Matters and not Fox News. Media matters spins everything said on Fox News. Two posts here by you and not one example to back up anything you say. Call me what you will – as libs often do. I will simply rise above it because I understand and feel sorry for you.

        January 10, 2012 at 11:14 am |
      • John

        Tell us all how the Pres having all the winning teams and individuals to the WH helps anything in this country? The problem goes well beyond the actual money spent. It has to do with priorities of the people who work for us and run this country. Money spent is money spent. Given your writings I assume you hold a public sector job – a teacher maybe. It may be helpful to you if you understand people are much smarter than you think you are. And, once they prove you wrong it doesn't help your cause to name call simply because you realize you do not have a clue about a given subject or the person you are dealing with. Libs tend to make that mistake often.

        January 10, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  2. jerry

    WTH is this? Does this guy (obama) have anything more important to do than have a Texan basketball team to pose a photo pop with? Last week it was a pose with his dog...in the limo...ahhh

    January 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • matt

      Presidents have been doing this for decades. Nobody complained when Reagan invited championship teams over or threw out the first pitch at a baseball game. Celebrating American excellence is part of the president's job.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • jerry

      dont recall President Regan in the media every opportunity...as obama has..We can hardly turn on the tv and not see him..gets old. He is like a car salesman, just won't leave us alone.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
      • Trace

        ...no jerry, pretty sure you don't remember anything before Obama became president. Which only confirms how you totally missed elementary school and can't seem to pass a common sense course.


        January 10, 2012 at 2:30 am |
      • matt

        Well, you may not recall it but Reagan was on TV and in photo ops every chance he could get. He was an actor – it was one of the most important parts of his appeal. All presidents get their photos taken. If you don't want to see a picture of the president than what are you doing on a news website.

        You don't wanna see the president acknowledging the best and brightest our country has to offer? (Think about the tax revenues this country receives from pro sports and the entertainment industry – some of the only American businesses that generate profit.) But you don't mind watching the million dollar campaign ads that flood the television and fill up your mailbox?

        Stop criticizing the president for being a politician. Its his job, and an extremely difficult one at that.

        January 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  3. Debbie

    Don't know when this let's invite winning teams to the White House began but it's a waste of time and money. These guys are in a business that they make their money playing a game. It's big business but its not a service to the people of the United States. These guys didn't fly to the moon, didn't fight in a war, didn't do anything but their job. It's dumb and expensive.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • jerry

      but...they may give obama money for the campaign... and it is a photo pop.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • Trace

      uh...Debbie....why don't you call Mark Cuban the owner, since he paid for it, to tell him how he should stop wasting his money. I sure that mega millionaire will take advice from someone with your financial status and economic prowess.


      January 10, 2012 at 2:32 am |
      • John

        OK, so Cuban paid for all of this, security, backround checks, event coordination, and so on? Who pays when a school team attends? How about an individual, like an olympic swimmer? How about when the Pres throws a party? Cuban pays? How about a basketball game on an aircraft carrier? Cuban? How about 90 rounds of golf? How about a trip for the family? I assume you are ok with the governmnet spending on anything they feel is ok.

        January 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm |