Posted January 28, 2013 on
AP on Fox
President Barack Obama honored the Miami Heat for winning the 2012 NBA championship after falling short just a year before.
''Everybody doing their part, is what finally put the Heat over the top,'' Obama said, as he welcomed the team to the White House Monday to celebrate their victory.
The Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the NBA Finals last June.
The president also recognized the franchise's work off the court. He thanked them for supporting military service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Obama said one of the things he's proudest off is that many of the team members- including LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade- ''take their roles as fathers seriously.''
''For all the young men out there who are looking up to them over time, for them to see somebody who cares about their kids and is there for them, day in, day out, that's a good message to send,'' Obama said.
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team hopefully will serve as an inspiration to the nation of what can be done ''when you come together and sacrifice your egos for a greater goal'' and ''hard-hat work ethic.''
James, who presented Obama with an autographed basketball, said the team including members that hail from Illinois, Texas, Michigan, Ohio and South Dakota were honored to be in the executive mansion.
''We're in the White House right now, which is like, like `mama I made it,''' James said, as the audience laughed and cheered.
The crowd of well-wishers included actress Gabrielle Union, U.N. ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Heat last visited the White House after winning the 2006 title.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
President Barack Obama has filled out March Madness brackets, picked a Super Bowl winner and practiced his golf and hoops around the White House. But the self-proclaimed sports fan admits that when it comes to football, one of his favorite sports, the evidence that is surfacing about long-term effects of injuries has him thinking twice.
“I’m a big football fan, but I have to...
President Barack Obama is a big football fan with two daughters, but if he had a son, he says he'd ''have to think long and hard'' before letting him play because of the physical toll the game takes.
''I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of...
With legal challenges mounting to the football industry's regulation of player safety, a new figure who carries a big stick has weighed in on the issue: President Barack Obama.
In an interview with The New Republic, Obama called on the NCAA to address the growing concerns over head injuries:
"I tend to be more worried about college players than NFL players in the sense...
Football's first fan isn't sure he'd let his son play the game, in light of the impact it takes on its players.
"I'm a big football fan, but I have to tell you, if I had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football," President Barack Obama tells The New Republic.
"And I think that those of us who love the sport are going...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is honoring the Miami Heat for winning the 2012 NBA Championship title after falling short just a year before.
Obama says every member "doing their part" is what put the Heat over the top, as he welcomed the team to the White House Monday to celebrate their victory. The Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the...
As you may have heard, Barack Obama made some significant comments about football safety over the weekend that’s gotten a ton of publicity in the media. Here’s what Obama told the New Republic:
I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football. And I think that those of us who love the sport are...
Tweet The Miami Heat visited the White House on Monday to be honored by President Barack Obama after winning the 2011-2012 NBA Championship. Winning that championship silenced many of LeBron James’ critics and, at least somewhat, validated much of his career. Upon meeting the President though, LeBron seemed to still be basking in the championship [...]
The 2012 NBA champions, Dwyane Wade and his Miami Heat teammates had the honor today to pay a visit to the White House for a Meet-and-Greet with president Barack Obama. The squad dressed to impress in formal attire as they presented the President with his own Miami Heat Jersey #44 to be exact. Mr. Wade stood out amongst the team with his flashy ensemble as he added some flair to...
The NCAA says it plans to start a new sports science center to help establish better safety standards for college football.
In a statement sent to The Associated Press on Monday, the NCAA calls player safety a ''foundational'' principle.
The comments come one day after President Barack Obama said he would have to think long and hard about whether he would let a...
The Heat were in high spirits Monday when they got their celebratory trip to the White House.
From rubbing shoulders with President Barack Obama to checking out some presidential portraits, the current NBA champions made the most of the visit.
But no team event is complete without a funny photo, and Chris Bosh made sure to play his part. When LeBron James and Dwyane Wade huddled...
Never tell LeBron James he is supposed to play it cool. Just a few days after he tackled a fan who hit a $75,000 halfcourt shot during a game, the league’s top player got starstruck over a visit to the White House and a meeting with President Barack Obama.
James was at a loss for what to say when he took the podium, so he just listed all the various hometowns of his teammates....