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Heat visit the White House, LeBron calls Obama “coach” (VIDEO)

Jan 28, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

Monday was the annual NBA champions visit to the White House, with the standard speeches about coming together as a team and how that can inspire a nation — you know, the kind of things politicians from all political stripes say but rarely do — plus the presentation of a jersey.

But the best part was when LeBron James spoke, because he seemed genuinely nervous and unsure of what to do and say. And in the process, he calls President Barak Obama “coach.”

The president also thanked the Heat for visiting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital, then went on to thank LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for their very public roles as fathers and the example that sets.

  1. BigBeachBall - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    look who’s folding laundry in the background…

  2. southpaw77 - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Wade about to flop if Obama touches him.

    Where’s your extra thick headband Lebron?

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      hater why u hatin?

      • thenmoveback - Jan 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        He hates because he knows his team will never beat the Heat in a series and this is his only hope to enjoy the NBA. Also he has little knowledge and respect for the NBA and its players.

      • badintent - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        He be from the Mistake by the Lake

  3. lyndseymarieee - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    This is an annual thing? For the NBA champions to go to the White House? Why?

    • cosanostra71 - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Have you not paid attention to sports at all in the last 40 or 50 years?

      • badintent - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        This is yet another example why students should not binge drink for 4 years, brain rot.

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      No, the Heat get to go cause they’re special. It’s a conspiracy……


      • lyndseymarieee - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        And I still didn’t get my answer.

      • southbeachtalent - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        one can only assume you are kidding…

      • cosanostra71 - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        Yes, it is an annual thing. Just like it is for the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball champions (among others I’d assume).

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 28, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        Exactly, pretty much every NCAA champion too, plus MLS.

      • jimeejohnson - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:32 PM

        Kurt: you posted at exactly 4:20. “Nice”!

    • cbt22 - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      All championship teams from all the major sports get to go to the White House and get pictures with the president and they give him a jersey. Even the WNBA does it.

      • lyndseymarieee - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Thank you. That’s all I wanted. I wasn’t trying to take a stab at Miami.

      • badintent - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:42 PM

        Yes, but Lindsey Lohan and Kayne West do not. Sorry Lyndseymariee,is it time for the Kardashians show? Or ET or Hollywood access ? Even they cover the White House on important occasions like Barack picking March Madness brackets or questioning the NBAPA about striking
        But feel free to take a stab at Miami, all the Boston C s fans do endlessly.

  4. mrlitl - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Lol @ cosa

  5. mat9844 - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Nice. Congrats to the Heat –something they can tell their kids about.

  6. mtheparrothead - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Thank god he wasn’t speaking about nfl father role models. Then he’d just look silly.

  7. acdc363 - Jan 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    That was actually awesome.

  8. brokerhenry - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Man that was really cool!!! I have never been to the White house. I swear to God the next time I am in the United States, I will take my kids to visit the home of our President. The home of the People!! LeBron was nervous as hell!! Mama I don made it to da White house!! Hell that was freaking cool!! I love my country!!! I may travel the world like I am doing now Down Under, but South Florida will always be home!! Margate in da House!!!!

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Tell Crocodile Dudee I said “hi”.

  9. jimeejohnson - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:34 PM


    • badintent - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      “Now that’a knife mate “

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