• The Dallas Mavericks were hailed Monday by President Obama for winning the NBA championship with “a heart the size of Texas.” Not in on the visit to the White House, though, for reasons that remain mysterious: Newly signed teammate Delonte West. The D.C. native told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Saturday that he was “banned” from attending because of his record from a 2009 weapons charge. But the Secret Service on Monday told reporters that West was cleared to attend the event. A rep for the Mavericks told us that West was not banned but declined to comment further on the reason for his absence. His manager did not return our emails — and West, who has battled bipolar illness in the past, deleted his Twitter account overnight.
Updated: Delonte West’s White House misunderstanding, 1/11/12
Read earlier: Quoted: Delonte West on bad decisions, 1/8/12
• Meanwhile, team owner Mark Cuban shocked fans by showing up. . . in a suit. Just like everyone else there! The flamboyant billionaire vowed, when he sold his first tech company at age 29, to never wear a suit or watch again unless he absolutely had to. But he told he us happily donned business attire Monday “out of respect to President Obama and the office.” How was it? “It was uncomfortable and reminded me why I don’t like wearing a suit,” he said in an email. “There is a better chance I wear a Speedo daily than a suit on a daily basis again.”
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