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President Barack Obama is presented with a Dallas Mavericks team basketball jersey from Dirk Nowitzki as he honored the 2011 NBA basketball champions Dallas Mavericks, Monday, Jan., 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama is presented with a Dallas Mavericks team basketball jersey from Dirk Nowitzki as he honored the 2011 NBA basketball champions Dallas Mavericks, Monday, Jan., 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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