The Admiral, Heat Owner Micky Arison Answer President Obama's NBA Finals Tweet

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28:  Miami Heat player LeBron James (L) speaks to U.S. President Barack Obama (R) during an event to honor the NBA champion Miami Heat in the East Room at the White House on January 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama congratulated the 2012 NBA champions for claiming their third NBA Championship by beating the Boston Celtics.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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The NBA Finals begin Thursday night as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs kick off the series in Miami, each team vying for the chance to meet President Barack Obama at the White House a few months from now.

Per The Baltimore Sun, President Obama welcomed the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday afternoon, giving congratulations to the Super Bowl champions, but he was thinking ahead to the NBA Finals beforehand.

The president used his official Twitter account to encourage his followers to tell him who they thought would come out on top:

It's #NBAFinals time. Who do you like—Heat or Spurs?…

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 4, 2013

Or, I suppose the people running his Twitter account sent out the tweet, notifying him if he received any interesting responses.

As chance would have it, he did—a quick retort from either side of the aisle.

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison was the first big name to get back to the president, responding with a simple #LetsGoHeat.

A few hours later, David Robinson went to bat for his Spurs, sounding confident that they would come away with the win.

Both sides didn't do much to rile anybody up, but the confidence coming from them is definitely palpable.

President Obama has yet to tell us which team he thinks will come away with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. However, something tells me he might be leaning a bit toward the Spurs after the Heat dismantled his Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

One thing is probably for sure, this is a much more enjoyable debate to be in the middle of than trying to get Congress to work together.

On second thought, it's probably about the same dynamic.

In his previous four years in the White House, President Obama has had the opportunity to congratulate three different NBA champions: the Los Angeles Lakers, who won in both 2009 and 2010, the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat.

It's hard to say which old man would be more intriguing to meet, Ray Allen or Tim Duncan. I would say Juwan Howard takes the cake, but the president got to meet him last year.

Even still, now that we've got the entire sports world completely focused on the final series of the NBA playoffs, it finally feels like the last few weeks of the season.

Everybody seems to be ready for this series to start, as it seems poised to be one of the best in a long time.

Now that we've got NBA legends, team owners and the president of the United States chiming in, it seems officially time to tip off the NBA Finals.