President Obama Honors NBA Miami Heat at White House

President of the United States Barack Obama honored National Basketball Association (NBA) team Miami Heat for winning the 2012 NBA Championship last June.

“This team traveled a long road to get to where they are,” the President said in his opening remarks in the East Room of the White house on Monday, January 28.

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Shooting guard Dwyane Wade, forward LeBron James, coach Erik Spoelstra and others from the Miami Heat present President Obama with a jersey and a signed basketball. Photo: Jason Reed / Reuters

“In 2011, the Heat got all the way to the Finals only to come up short. But when you fall, the real test is whether you can ignore the naysayers, pick yourself up and come back stronger. And that’s true in basketball, but it’s also true in life. That’s exactly what these guys did.”

Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the NBA Finals.