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Following tradition, President Barack Obama welcomed the NBA champion Miami Heat to the White House on Tuesday. Obama, a basketball fan who has had LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and other Heat players in his pick-up games, was plentiful with the jokes. (By the way, I have enough trouble with the guys in my pick-up games without bringing in bloody D-Wade to take over the thing.)
Here are a couple of the president’s best lines.
On how the Heat are a polarizing bunch:
“We’ve got some outstanding members of congress who are big fans of the Heat. They’re from both parties. Because we all know, nothing brings people together like the Miami Heat (laughter). Across the NBA, there’s just a unifying sense about the Heat.”
On Miami’s quest for another title:
“They’ve now won twice but they’ve gone to the Finals three times. Sometimes it feels like they’re still fighting for a little respect. I can relate to that.”
On Ray Allen’s big shot in Game 6 of the Finals and how he said security bringing out the ropes to keep fans off the court motivated him:
“With five seconds left, Chris Bosh gets an incredible offensive rebound, passes it out to Ray, he’s backing up, he has to jump forward, hits one of the most iconic shots of all time. Then he added a few choice words about the ropes, which we cannot repeat here. Ray — I do want you to know, when you say those things on the court, people can read your lips. You do understand that?”
And to repeat our quote of the day, referencing Mario Chalmers:
“With that, I think we should take a picture. But we should make it quick before one of these guys starts yelling at Mario [Chalmers]. Sometimes it’s just a bad pass, guys, it’s not Mario’s fault. I’ve got your back, man.”