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Carlisle Gets Presidential Congratulations

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    President Obama called Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Friday to wish him and his team congratulations on their NBA Championship.

    President Obama called Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Friday to wish him and his team congratulations on their NBA Championship.

    The following is the readout of the President's call as released by the White House:

    "Earlier today, President Obama called Rick Carlisle, head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, to congratulate him and his team on winning the NBA Finals.  The President told Coach Carlisle that he is really proud of the way the team played and congratulated him on the job he did coaching the team.  The President highlighted the performances of several players including Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and JJ Barea.  The President said he looked forward to congratulating the team in person at the White House."

    It has become a tradition for the Commander in Chief to become the congratulator in chief after sports victories -- the Lakers received a similar call after their win last year.