Normally, when the defending champions in the NBA, or any sport for that matter, move onto the next season there is a White House visit scheduled as a result of their accomplishment.
For obvious reasons, this season the Dallas Mavericks got their schedules and Mark Cuban noticed that they weren’t playing the Washington Wizards, which is when the team would have made the trip to meet Barack Obama and the rest of the White House crew.
Needless to say, Cuban was pissed:
“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.” -Source
So Cuban had to take matters into his own hands, right? That’s not what senior vice president for basketball communications, Tim Frank, said. He’s telling a different story.
“Our jurisdiction doesn’t extend to scheduling the president, and scheduling the Mavericks against the Wizards would have been no guarantee that the president would be in town and available,” Frank said. “We learned that he would be available on Jan. 9 and began working with the Mavericks to accommodate that availability and the Mavericks’ schedule. Fortunately, we were able to make it work.”
Leave it to Mark Cuban to throw a hissy-fit worthy of a nice fine from the league office. Maybe the league is out to upset Cuban every chance they get, but he sure does make it easy for them with quotes like these.