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NBA champion Miami Heat to visit Obama on Monday

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2013 at 7:37 pm •  Published: January 23, 2013

"It's the pinnacle of the things that we've been able to experience together," Spoelstra said of the White House visit. "Thankfully we have the majority of the team back. I think it's a great experience and a culmination of that year for our organization."

When the Heat last visited the White House after winning the 2006 title, then-President George W. Bush attempted to dribble a ball that Heat players had signed. Problem was, the ball wasn't exactly inflated — and fell to the floor with a thud.

"It's always cool to be able to go," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "It's special any time you get invited to the White House, but especially to go as champions, it doesn't get any better than that."

Several members of the Heat organization, including Wade and LeBron James, openly voiced support for Obama's re-election campaign last year.

Politics aside, though, there is one policy where the opinions of the Heat and Obama — who supports Chicago teams — differ.

"We won't hold it against him that he's a Bulls fan," Spoelstra said.