DALLAS -- After meeting former President Bill Clinton in 1997, guard Jason Terry wasn’t sure he was going to meet President Barack Obama.
The world champion Dallas Mavericks won’t play the Washington Wizards in Washington, D.C., this season, putting a trip to the White House and a visit with President Obama in jeopardy. But the Mavs will visit the White House and meet President Obama on Monday -- a day before they play the Pistons in Detroit.
“I was nervous,’’ Terry said. “For a second there I thought (President Obama would) be out of office or trying to be re-elected by the time we get a chance to go see him.
“But fortunately he’s still in there and we’ll get to see him.’’
Terry visited the White House and had the pleasure of meeting President Clinton after Arizona captured the 1997 NCAA title. Terry’s second visit to the White House, he hopes, will be just as memorable.
Terry even hopes some of the players on last year’s team who are not on this year’s roster will join them in Washington, D.C. That includes Tyson Chandler, JJ Barea, DeShawn Stevenson, Peja Stojakovic and Caron Butler.
“It’s definitely special for this group, and we wish some of our other guys are able to attend,’’ Terry said. “But if they’re not, we’ll send our regards.’’
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