The defending NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks will be making the traditional championship team trip to the White House to meet President Obama. The meeting is set for January 9th, right before the start of the Mavs' road trip to Detroit and Boston.
The meeting did not come without some controversy. Maverick's owner Mark Cuban was quoted as saying that the NBA was "the league office was stupid or dumb or worse" for not scheduling the Mavericks to play against the Wizards this season. Cuban felt that with the shortened season the NBA should have scheduled the game between the two teams so that the Mavs could take the trip to the White House. NBA spokesman Mike Bass has said that the NBA does not have to schedule the trip, but was glad that they were able to. Further details can be found in the attached source.