Obama says to be patient with Heat (and economy too, if you don’t mind)

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It is great to have a president that loves basketball, that plays the game, that gets it. I love that there is a basketball court at the White House and Spaulding leather balls with the presidential seal on them. I love that the world’s best players get invited to pickup games there.

That also means Barack Obama gets asked about everything going on in the world of basketball. Like, say, the Miami Heat getting off to a less-than-impressive 8-7 start to the season.

When asked about the Heat, Obama fell back on a theme he uses a lot — patience.

“It takes some time for the team to come together,” Obama said. “There’s no ‘I’ in team. So no matter how good a player is, no matter how good a group of players are, if they haven’t played together before they are not going to be as good as a team that has played together a long time.”

So, give the Heat time. Just like the economy. And the health care bill. And…

Now, if the president wants to really use his power to help the game, next spring get some federal mediators in a room with David Stern and Billy Hunter — make a call himself if he has to — and get them to avoid a lockout.