Whether you love them or you hate them, there’s no denying the talent that the Miami Heat roster and coaching staff possess. After winning a second consecutive NBA championship, the entire Miami Heat roster and organization were invited to the White House in Washington D.C. for the second time.
While at the White House, the team were given the privilege to have a meet-and-greet session with President Obama. For some it was a first time experience meeting the President, for others like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, they have already met and played basketball with President Obama on numerous occasions.
Besides taking a ton of posed as well as off-guard photos with the President, the Miami Heat organization presented Obama with gifts as well. The first of two gifts was a custom, No. 44 “POTUS” (President of the United States) Miami Heat jersey which was presented by Ray Allen. The second gift was presented by the Heat’s head coach, Erik Spoelstra. It was a custom, black NBA Finals trophy with each player’s signature in gold ink and each players name engraved in the base of the trophy in white font. Barack Obama was also one of the names engraved in the trophy.
Before the visit to the White House ended, President Obama was sure to show off his sense of humor by throwing in a couple of jabs at the Miami Heat due to the fact that he’s a Chicago native and a long time fan of the Chicago Bulls.
President Obama Welcomes Heat to the White House – Full Speech
Fun Fact: The number on the jersey that the Miami Heat presented to Obama was representation of Barack Obama being the 44th president of the United States.
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