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President Obama honors the NBA champions Miami Heat basketball team in the East Room at the White House on Jan. 28, 2013. Pictured in the front row with the president are (from left) Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and coach Erik Spoelstra. (Associated Press)
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President Obama honors the NBA champions Miami Heat basketball team in the East Room at the White House on Jan. 28, 2013. Pictured in the front row with the president are (from left) Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and coach Erik Spoelstra. (Associated Press)

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