It's LeBron James' world, according to President Barack Obama.
The President honored the 2012 NBA championship Miami Heat with a ceremony at the White House on Monday in Washington. Obama, the nation's First Basketball Fan, had plenty of prepared notes but candidly went off script with old friends James and Dwyane Wade. During one exchanged, Obama was asked by James if he could say a few words.
"Hey," Obama said, "it's your world, man."
James stepped to the microphone behind the Presidential Seal and spoke poignantly of how humbled he was to be in the White House. He closed by saying, "Mama, I made it."
Obama called James' effort in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals "one of the greatest performances in basketball playoff history, dropping 45 points."
The President then added that James "had a scary look in his eye." Obama went on to call Wade "the heart and soul of this team," and noted that Wade led the Heat in blocks in the 2012 playoffs.
"And in the post-game press conferences," Obama said, "he dressed well enough to land himself in GQ magazine."
Wade brought his signature style to the White House as well. He wore a stylish gray suit highlighted by a pair of red, white and black dress shoes. Obama asked Wade to show off his shoes during his 10-minute meet-and-greet with the team in the Blue Room.
Obama gave Chris Bosh credit for returning from injury during the playoffs to play an important role. The President then had some fun with Mike Miller, who famously played injured throughout the entire postseason.
"Mike could barely walk," Obama said, "and he still hit seven three pointers in the final game. I still don't know how he did it."