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Mavericks get their trip to the White House, but disagree over who arranged it
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NBA-champion Dallas Mavericks are getting their White House trip although owner Mark Cuban and the league disagree on how it was arranged.
And Cuban insists the league still messed up by not giving the Mavericks a game in Washington.
"It doesn't change the fact that they didn't (schedule) a game in DC for us," the Mavericks owner wrote Tuesday in an email. "Given the compressed schedule it should have been more of a priority because they knew better than any of us how few days off we would have to do something."
Cuban said Monday night in Dallas "the league office was stupid or dumb or worse" to not schedule the defending champions in Washington so they could have the traditional trip to meet the American President. But the NBA noted scheduling that game wouldn't have necessarily meant seeing President Barack Obama.
"Our jurisdiction doesn't extend to scheduling the president, and scheduling the Mavericks against the Wizards would have been no guarantee that the president would be in town and available," league spokesman Mike Bass said.
But Bass said the league did find a suitable solution.
"We learned that he would be available Jan. 9 and began working with the Mavericks to accommodate that availability and the Mavericks' schedule. Fortunately, we were able to make it work," Bass said.
The Mavericks will meet Obama on Monday, at the start of a road trip to Detroit and Boston.
But Cuban insisted the Mavs did their own work on this one.
"We took the lead," he wrote. "Obviously, we have to include the NBA in our plans."
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