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Video: Watch Barack Obama joke around with Mavericks

U.S. President Obama hosts 2011 NBA champions Dallas Mavericks at the White House in Washington

U.S. President Obama (2nd R) receives a team jersey from Dirk Nowitzki (3rd L) while hosting the 2011 NBA champions Dallas Mavericks in the East Room at the White House in Washington, January 9, 2012. At right is owner Mark Cuban. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SPORT BASKETBALL)


Mark Cuban twisted arms and bench schedules to get his champion Dallas Mavericks a date at the White House. The league did not schedule the Mavericks to make a stop in Washington D.C. as part of the shortened post-lockout schedule but Cuban found a way.

Obama jokes around with Dallas, saying the veteran team was the first team of his “contemporaries” to come through the White House. He talked about Dirk Nowitzki being slow and Jason Terry’s tattoo. He also talked about them being able to overcome because they played like a team, played smarter.

The best part — when Obama says he expects to hand the trophy to his home-town Bulls next year. Now that was quality.