James, who has visited Obama in the White House after each of his three National Basketball Association championships (2012, 2013, 2016), has been outspoken about his views on Trump - particularly after the now president-elect was heard talking about women in a sexually aggressive way on a 2005 tape that was made public in October.
This past June, Cleveland defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals 4-3 after trailing the Warriors 3-1. CNN gives a rundown of what took place in their first meeting as the President-elect and the outgoing President, and the atmosphere inside the White House remained to be calm and professional despite their political party differences.
"Before I go any further", Obama said after his first few introductions, "I want to give a special thanks to JR Smith's shirt for showing up".
"That's what we're talking about when we talk about hope and change", the President quipped over laughter from the crowd.
While celebrating their National Basketball Association title, the Cavs made sure to take plenty of pictures during their visit to the White House - none better than Channing Frye photo-bombing LeBron and FLOTUS. "I was unsure if it was going to make an appearance". I'm glad you came. "You're a very nice shirt".
Wizards: At the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. He made three of Cleveland's 14 3-pointers.
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"The first team in history to dig themselves out of a hole like that", Obama said.
"They lied to me".
Obama singled out several players for praise, but particularly focused on LeBron James, who won the Most Valuable Player award during the championship series. James had 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Kevin Love finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Obama called James one of the greatest players of all time and said it's not just power and speed that make James great, but his unselfishness and work ethic. It is his insistence on always making the right play. "You saw it in those last three games", the president said.
In addition, he acknowledged King James being a kid from Akron, Ohio, and coming back to Cleveland to fulfill his promise of delivering a championship to The Land.
Watch the full footage of President Obama honoring the Cavs' championship win - and roasting them in the process - below. "Kevin was moving. I hadn't seen defense like that".
Obama credited Shumpert for welcoming his first child into the world. "Using a pair of headphones to tie off the umbilical cord?" Now that's something right there.