NBA champion Miami Heat to visit Obama on Monday

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NBA champion Miami Heat to visit Obama on Monday

MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Heat will be in suits and ties when they visit the White House on Monday. Unless, of course, someone invites them to play some ball.

After all, President Barack Obama does enjoy some pickup games.

‘‘Everybody will bring their shoes – just in case,’’ Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

The basketball-fan-in-chief will be providing his personal congratulations to the Heat on Monday, when the team picks up one of the traditional perks of winning a championship.

Miami will fly to Washington after playing in Boston on Sunday night, then remain in the city for parts of two days before heading back north for a game in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

‘‘I’ve never been to the White House,’’ Heat forward Mike Miller said. ‘‘It’ll definitely be an interesting experience that I’ve always wanted to do.’’

The White House says Obama also will recognize the franchise’s support of military members. The Heat will meet with wounded soldiers during their trip to Washington.

Honoring soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan has been a pregame tradition at Heat home games for several years, part of team president Pat Riley’s program called ‘‘Home Strong.’’

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By TIM REYNOLDS


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