WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama honored the Miami Heat for winning the 2012 NBA championship title after falling short just a year before.

“Everybody doing their part, is what finally put the Heat over the top,” Obama said, as he welcomed the team to the White House on Monday to celebrate their victory.

The Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the NBA Finals last June.

The president also recognized the franchise’s work off the court. He thanked them for supporting military service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Obama said one of the things he’s proudest of is that many of the team members — including LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade— “take their roles as fathers seriously.”

“For all the young men out there who are looking up to them all the time, for them to see somebody who cares about their kids and is there for them day in and day out, that’s a good message to send,” Obama said.

James, who presented Obama with an autographed basketball, said the Heat were honored to be in the executive mansion.

“We’re in the White House right now, which is like, like ‘mama I made it,’ ” James said, as the audience laughed and cheered.

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Forward Sam Young was re-signed by the Indiana Pacers, three weeks after being released by the club. Young, a four-year veteran, made the team out of training camp and appeared in 28 games before being waived on Jan. 6. He was averaging 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. … The Dallas Mavericks sent Jared Cunningham back to their NBA Development League team. The move was the second time the rookie guard has been assigned to the Texas Legends. Cunningham has played in eight games for the Mavericks.