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President did call Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle

Jun 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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Getting a call from the President of the United States (and getting to visit the White House during the next season) is one of the perks of winning an NBA title.

Traditionally the call is a pretty perfunctory thing — but with Barack Obama in the White House it’s a little different. He knows the game, he played, he gets it.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle got the call Friday. According to the Associated Press Obama was impressed (like the rest of us) with the team play and ball movement of the Mavericks. He also talked about the play Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and J.J. Barea. Again, like the rest of us.

As for when Dallas visits the White House, it’s during next season when they play Washington. If there is a next season. Which might be one area Obama could help with.

  1. goforthanddie - Jun 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    If we woke up on Bizarro World tomorrow, and Toronto won the title, would they get invited to the White House?

    • jjstrokes - Jun 19, 2011 at 9:27 AM

      I’d imagine they’d be visiting the Queen or the Prime Minister of Canada there buddy

  2. connaniii - Jun 18, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    keep dreaming!!!

  3. thekingdave - Jun 18, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    I think the President is better served addressing the impending collapse of the United States financial system versus making sure millionaires continue to bounce a round ball and put it in a hoop.

    • joepescisballs - Jun 18, 2011 at 6:19 PM

      Yes, because he can’t spare five minutes for a phone call.

    • ezwriter69 - Jun 18, 2011 at 9:09 PM

      As opposed to, say, continuing to talk to kindergartners for 25 minutes after you’ve just been told that the World Trade Center had been flown into intentionally and blown up by terrorists? Get a grip man, partisanship is one thing, but that comment is just embarrassing.

    • henryd3rd - Jun 19, 2011 at 8:36 AM

      Dude have you ever heard the word tradition? The President of the United States no matter his party affiliation always contacts the Champion of each major professional and college sport and offer his congratulations. Plus these are the sports page. If you feel you must deal with economic issues then leave your comments on the pages of the Wall Street Journal. Lighten up and enjoy the moment

  4. pete611 - Jun 18, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    @thekingdave,
    I bet when you get pulled over for speeding you whine and complain and ask cops why they are not out arresting murderers.

    This is a tradition that every president does every year. There is no need for you to get so upset. I seriously doubt Obama will close wall street so he can watch a game.

  5. dirtybird2020 - Jun 18, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Who the hell cares! If he spent more time fixing our country than he does commentating basketball (in which he sucks) we would actually be alright as a country! I hope our next president is not a celeberty! Fricken bum!!!!

    • Amsterdamned - Jun 19, 2011 at 8:54 AM

      Seriously? There are literally multiple comments refuting the same exact thing you just said in this very comment thread, and you still post this tripe? You don’t do much critical thinking, do you? Just a bunch of torch-bearing herp-derp BS it seems like from that comment.

      Let me spell it out for you, slowly. This is a tradition. Every president does it. It probably took all of 5-10 minutes.

      If you really think the 5 minutes he spent calling Carlisle would magically fix the country… well, you need to step away from the computer and TV *coughFoxNewscough* and say hello to the real world.

  6. nocryinginbaseball07 - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Wow. The President of the United States follows his predecessors in a very nice tradition, and this makes him not only a “celeberty” but a fricken bum as well. Amazing.

  7. thekingdave - Jun 19, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    I’m referring to Kurt’s insinuation at the end of the post that Obama get involved with the CBA negotiations. Morons.

  8. nocryinginbaseball07 - Jun 19, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    @thekingdave…
    Your comment may have been taken out of context, but the real issue is with that other jackwagon who thinks that the president is a “celeberty” when he follows tradition. Who cares? I’ll bet the Mavericks do.

  9. deiong - Jun 19, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    well, at least the time devoted to this isnt devoted to taking more rights away from americans ;) or spending money on usless stuff…..

  10. thekingdave - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    For the record, I lean left. The majority of you probably believe it’s a great idea for the government to use tax dollars and spend time cracking down on PEDs.

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