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President did call Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle


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.

Greg Smith fails physical, will not join Pelicans

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With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.

Greg Smith was going to be that man, but the 24-year-old failed his physical, reports the Times-Picayune.

The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.

And so the search goes on.

The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.

With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.