Jan. 15, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – At the White House, a Filipino head coach visits the head of state.
For the second year in a row, the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association with their Filipino-American head coach Erik Spoelstra visited the White House on Tuesday afternoon.
Throughout the year, champions of major sports teams visit the president.
Obama, despite being a fan of the rival Chicago Bulls praised the reigning NBA champions.
“Last season, the Heat put together one of the most dominating regular seasons ever by a defending champion,” President Obama said. “They won a team record 66 games. At one point they won 27 games straight, the second longest winning streak ever. Extraordinarily impressive, almost as impressive as the Bulls 72-win season.”
Coach Spo even brought some gifts for the commander-in-chief, handing the president a commemorative championship trophy.
The team also presented Mr. Obama with a Jersey sporting ‘POTUS’–the abbreviation for President of the United States and the number 44, representing his status at the 44th US president.