President Barack Obama honored the Miami Heat at the White House on Monday for their 2012 NBA Finals win.


“Even though I’m a little disappointed that the [Chicago] Bulls didn’t make it, I do want to congratulate the Miami Heat,” Obama said during a ceremony in the East Room.

The president noted that teamwork — and not just the actions of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh — pushed the Heat to victory.

President Obama paid special attention to not only the Heat’s exploits on the court, but also everything the team and the players do for the community both in South Florida and around the country.

“There’s a lot of focus on what happens on the court, but it’s also important what happens off the court,” the President said. “One of the things I’m proudest of is that they (LeBron, Wade, and Bosh) take their roles as fathers seriously.”

The Heat’s enthusiasm for their championship and White House visit was best summed up when LeBron was thanking the president.

“Mom, I made it,” LeBron said while smiling.


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