In honor of its 2012 NBA championship, the Heat will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday. The scheduled trip to Washington comes between road games against Boston (Sunday) and Brooklyn (Wednesday).
"It is the pinnacle of the things that we've been able to experience together," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Thankfully we have the majority of the team back."
President Obama, a basketball fan and avid player, has participated in pick up games with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Obama is a Bulls fan but Spoelstra said "we won't hold that against him."
"Everybody will bring their shoes just in case we get to play a pickup game," Spoelstra said.
Heat forward Mike Miller called it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In addition to recognizing the 2012 NBA championship, President Obama will also thank the Heat for its "Home Strong" foundation, which supports veterans of the militarty.
"The President will also recognize the Heat’s ongoing support to the men and women who serve in our military and their families, continuing the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts on and off the court," read a press release issued by the Office of the Press Secretary.