Posted by Royce Young
They haven't got their rings quite yet, but the Mavericks can check off one more thing on their champions tour: They've shaken the hand of the president.
The Mavericks met President Barack Obama at the White House Monday to be honored and recognized for winning the 2010-11 NBA title.
"This was the Mavericks' first title, so I want to start by recognizing everyone that stuck with the team through good times and bad," Obama said to begin.
Obama also joked about the fact that because of the shortened season the Mavs weren't scheduled to play in Washington this season. Something owner Mark Cuban was very vocally upset with.
"It turns out that because of the lockout Dallas wasn't scheduled to play in Washington this season. That did not sit well with Mark," Obama said as Cuban laughed behind him.
Obama also got a pretty good zing in on the age of the Mavs.
"People said that Jason Kidd was too old. And I will say this is the first I've been with some world champions who are my contemporaries."
A few key players were missing from the meeting though as Tyson Chandler is now with the Knicks, J.J. Barea with the Wolves, Caron Butler is with the Clippers, DeShawn Stevenson with the Nets and Peja Stojakovic is retired.