Cleveland Cavaliers visit White House, give Obama Cavs jersey

President Barack Obama extended the invitation last June, after the Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA title

The Cleveland Cavaliers visited the White House on Thursday afternoon.
Kevin Love presented President Barack Obama with his own Cleveland Cavaliers jersey.

WASHINGTON (AP) – You learn a lot about people when they’re down, President Barack Obama said Thursday, and he wasn’t talking about an election. Obama was honoring the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers for rallying from behind to defeat the Golden State Warriors and end a Cleveland pro sports title drought stretching back to 1964.

Obama honored the Cavs on the South Lawn of the White House, squeezing in another sports champion before he leaves office. He opened by saying, “That’s right. I said world champion and Cleveland in the same sentence.”

Obama singled out several players for praise, but particularly focused on LeBron James, who won the Most Valuable Player award during the championship series.

Obama said it’s not just power and speed that make James great, but his unselfishness and work ethic.

Thursday, player Kevin Love also presented Obama with his own Cleveland Cavaliers jersey.

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