Pregame buzz: Cuban rips league for no D.C. trip

DALLAS – The NBA didn’t do it so Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took scheduling the traditional championship trip to the White House into his own hands.

The Mavs will visit President Obama next Monday prior to a two-game road trip at Detroit and Boston. Cuban said he was appalled when the NBA released the condensed, 66-game schedule after the lockout and a trip to play the Washington Wizards was not on the schedule.

Cuban said he didn’t bother to call the league to complain, but rather asked team CEO Terdema Ussery to call the White House.

“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.”

The banner is up, a trip to the White House is now scheduled. That would leave the championship rings as the last remaining reward.

That ceremony is coming some time this month.