For the second consecutive year, the Miami Heat were honored with a visit to the White House after winning the NBA championship.
Even though the team has been there before, there was no shortage of excitement on Tuesday, according to Heat guard Dwyane Wade:
Head coach Erik Spoelstra also had perspective on the second visit:
This video offers some footage of the event:
Heat beat writer Joseph Goodman captured this photo of the team entering the room:
Here is a closer look at the entire team and coaching staff along with President Barack Obama at the presentation, courtesy of the team's Instagram account:
Of course, the president did not pull punches in regards to the team and its fanbase, as Goodman captured this quote:
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News also made this joke about a hypothetical way the president could have opened things up:
The fun continued with some interesting remarks about the Heat and himself, courtesy of Bleacher Report's Ethan J. Skolnick and CBS' Mark Knoller:
As a Chicago native, though, Obama is obviously more fond of his own Chicago Bulls, leading to this remark, via John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal:
Goodman noted that King James was a little bit dressed down for the formal event:
The Heat's famous Big 3, James, Bosh and Wade, took a moment to pose for this picture:
Spoelstra then presented a custom-made trophy to President Obama, featuring marks for every win and a "44" on it to honor him. Skolnick provided a close-up view of the trophy:
Altogether, this was a fun day in the middle of the season for a team that deserves the honor, and as shown by this photo, the Heat were all smiles:
Miami earned this opportunity to go to the White House after winning the 2013 NBA Finals in seven games over the San Antonio Spurs last summer.
Miami is currently 27-10 this season, second in the Eastern Conference behind the 29-7 Indiana Pacers. It would not be a surprise to see the Heat make a fourth consecutive Finals appearance this season as they aim for their third straight title.
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