WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama welcomed the NBA champion Miami Heat back to the White House on Tues- day (Wednesday in Manila), congratulating them on winning their second title in as many years.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and their teammates attended the ceremony in the White House’s East Room.
“This group has won twice now, but it’s gone to the finals three times. And sometimes it feels like they’re still fighting for a little respect. I can relate to that,” Obama said, earning a few laughs.
Miami won their second straight NBA title last year to go with a championship in 2006.
“So bottom line is: outstanding athletes, outstanding organization, outstanding team but also outstanding members of their community,” Obama said.