President did call Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle

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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.