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Heat visit the White House, LeBron calls Obama “coach” (VIDEO)

Barack Obama, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade

President Barack Obama stands with LeBron James, fifth from left, Dwayne Wade, third left, and coach Erik Spoelstra, right, as he honors the NBA champions Miami Heat basketball team in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Monday was the annual NBA champions visit to the White House, with the standard speeches about coming together as a team and how that can inspire a nation — you know, the kind of things politicians from all political stripes say but rarely do — plus the presentation of a jersey.

But the best part was when LeBron James spoke, because he seemed genuinely nervous and unsure of what to do and say. And in the process, he calls President Barak Obama “coach.”

The president also thanked the Heat for visiting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital, then went on to thank LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for their very public roles as fathers and the example that sets.