By Geneva Sands - 06/27/12 01:08 PM EDT
The hoops-loving president has played ball with Miami all-stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who along with other NBA stars have attended Obama fundraisers. He offered the congratulations at a Miami fundraiser.
"Finally, it would be incomplete if I did not congratulate the city of Miami for having the world champion Miami Heats here in town. You guys earned it," Obama said during a campaign speech at the the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.
The president went on to give a special shout-out to NBA star and former Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning, who attended the campaign event and Obama called one of his "favorite people," along with wife, Tracy Mourning.
"Alonzo looks like he can still play. Hasn’t aged a bit — unbelievable. I’m getting all gray, and he just looks the same. Except he doesn’t have that flattop," Obama said.
Following his Miami speech, ABC News and other blogs took notice of Obama's added letter to Miami Heat, pointing out that he congratulated the "world champion Miami Heats." However, the official White House transcript of the speech was sans "S."