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Obama honors Miami Heat at the White House

President Obama welcomed the Miami Heat to the White House on Tuesday for the second year in a row. (Reuters)

President Obama empathizes with the two-time world champion Miami Heat.

Despite their success, "sometimes it feels like they're still fighting for a little respect," Obama said Tuesday at the White House, where he honored the National Basketball Association title winners. "I can relate to that."

For the second year in a row, Obama feted LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Heat, who bested Obama's Chicago Bulls and 28 other teams to win back-to-back titles in 2013.

The First Fan was clearly in his element as he joked with the players, who presented him with a replica championship trophy with his name on it and the number 44. "You guys are winning me over a little bit," Obama joked, having said earlier that the Bulls' 72-win season in the 1990s was the most impressive season in history.

Obama also reminded the players that, while they might be dominant on the hardwood, they should defer to the president of the United States when it comes to another talent. Noting that the players were planning to raise money for charity by singing karaoke, Obama quipped: "Just leave Al Green to the pros, people."

Obama's rendition of Green's "Let's Stay Together" during a fundraiser in Harlem two years ago went viral.

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.

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