Mark Cuban pissed league didn’t schedule White House visit


In the condensed 66-game NBA schedule this year, the Dallas Mavericks are not scheduled to visit the Washington Wizards.

That trip to Washington D.C. also means the traditional visit to the White House for the NBA champions — Mark Cuban has worked and waited a long time for his team to win a title and he wants all the perks. White House trip included.


“There’s no point in calling them. It’s bull—- by the league not to schedule it,” Cuban said. “I figured I’d do it myself since the league wasn’t smart enough to figure it out. How can you be that stupid? All you’ve got to do is when you’re putting in the scheduling software, say Dallas at Washington, yes. They managed to get Dallas and Miami and all the games set on certain days.”

Hey Cuban: If you want to make sure you get to Washington, don’t lock the players out and play hardball costing a couple months of the season. Problem solved.

Actually, the problem was already solved and the Mavericks will be there next Monday. It’s a stopover on a road trip that includes Detroit and Boston and the team set everything up itself. The league says it worked with the team to set the whole thing up.

Whatever, it’s done. Barack Obama can shake the hand of Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd, and half the guys that should be there can be on other teams watching the highlights.

Obama postpones hoops fundraiser due to training camps


The NBA season will stop for no man. Not even the president.

Barack Obama’s fundraiser game featuring a number of NBA stars (and some pretty sweet jerseys) has been postponed until the summer. The game had been scheduled for Dec. 12, which is now three days into training camps.

Tickets started at $100 and went all the way up to $35,800 (which included dinner with the players). The Democratic Party and Obama’s re-election campaign were to split the proceeds.

The game will be rescheduled for this summer. Which should still work out for him, I think we can all assume that Obama will win the Democratic nomination. The game will likely take place in late August or September, as a number of the rumored participants will be in London for the Olympics through mid-August.

Quote of the Day: President Obama is pleased the NBA season is saved


President Obama’s a gifted public speaker. But he summed up the feelings of millions of NBA fans Sunday when he commented on the NBA and its players reaching a handshake agreement to save the 2011-2012 NBA season.

After playing basketball at Fort McNair on Saturday, President Barack Obama seemed to approve the tentative deal reached earlier in the day to end the NBA lockout.

When asked about the potential agreement, Obama gave a thumbs-up and said, “Good deal!”

via Obama On NBA Tentative Agreement: ‘Good Deal’ – Sports News Story – WPXI Pittsburgh.

Well said, Mr. President.

(I expect the comments on this post to be well-reasoned and insightful.)

Jerseys for Obama fundraiser game are pretty sweet


Conveniently on the market just in time for Black Friday, we bring you the latest in presidential basketball game wear.

Barack Obama is hosting a charity fundraising game Dec. 12 that will feature a number of NBA players helping Obama pad his reelection campaign coffers. (If there is a Thanksgiving miracle and the lockout is solved this weekend, you can be assured that David Stern and the league will make sure this high-profile game still goes off with all its stars.)

What you see here are the jerseys for the game… which are pretty sweet, frankly (via Deadspin). And of course, you can buy one for yourself at the president’s fundraising Web site. If I were still buying jerseys and not using that money for trivialities such as feeding my children, I’d seriously be considering the purchase.

We’re just passing this along to help out your Black Friday purchasing, so you’re not one of the fools sitting in front of Best Buy all day waiting for the store to open. (Hint: They are having the same sale online.)


President Obama to host NBA lockout charity game


Sure, we’ve grown a little weary of the NBA lockout charity games. But when the president calls and says he is putting a game together guys are going to lace it up for that one.

Well, it’s to help fundraise for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, so maybe we shouldn’t expect to see Spencer Hawes.

But the game is on and plenty of stars will play, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

Friday night,, a fundraising wing, announced that an NBA lockout game will be held Dec. 12 at a yet-to-be-announced venue in Washington, with Miami Heat forwards Chris Bosh and Juwan Howard, as well as Heat executive Alonzo Mourning among those on the playing rosters….

Among others listed to participate in the event are New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul, Knicks center Amare Stoudemire, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher, who had headed the now-defunct NBA players’ union…. Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Tyson Chandler, Jamal Crawford, Baron Davis, Rudy Gay, Blake Griffin, Tyler Hansbrough, Juwan Howard, Antawn Jamison, Dahntay Jones, Kevin Love, Cheryl Miller, Reggie Miller, Dikembe Mutombo, Quentin Richardson, Tina Thompson, John Wall and Russell Westbrook.

The league has already stepped in and said this is game is exempt from the rules preventing team employees from interacting with players, so Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and Orlando Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing will be the coaches for the game. That also clears the way for Mourning, who has been out of the league since a 2007 knee injury and works for the Heat.

No official word, but Obama himself is not expected to lace it up for this game. Which is too bad, we wanted to see Reggie Miller drain a three over him them make the choking sign like he was talking to Spike Lee.