The 6’ 8”, 250 lbs leader of the Miami Heat stood next to the leader of the free world and looked like a nervous school kid.
The Miami Heat were welcomed to the White House Monday to celebrate their NBA Championship and to meet the President of the United States. Lebron James, Final Most Valuable Player and the league’s best player, offered Barack Obama an autographed basketball and a specially embroidered Heat jersey.
The most daunting of figures, on the court, was nervous and frazzled to be in his presence. The Commander in Chief was equally humbled.
“You can if you want,” responded President Obama, about giving a speech at his podium in the White House, to the most dominant force… in basketball. “It’s your world man.”
In the last year James has won an Olympic gold medal, his first NBA Championship ring and the NBA regular season MVP for a third time. He was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and USA Basketball Male Athlete of Year. James silenced critics, found solace in proving the world wrong, and now he’s only getting better.
There isn’t much more a basketball player can accomplish, and I think he may have finally realized it at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
“Mama, I made it,” said James in closing, embarrassed and truly honored.