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White House: Obama Is a 'Big Fan' of LeBron James

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:09:05 +0000

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is a "big fan" of NBA star LeBron James, who announced on Friday that he is leaving the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I think he's, like many of us, even those of us who are not quite as avid as NBA fans, that the president is a fan of somebody that has demonstrated such tremendous skill and athleticism on the court, and the president enjoys watching him play," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday.

Earnest noted that Obama has met James personally a few times and the president considers the athlete to be a "fine young man" that carries himself professionally.

Earnest said James' decision to go back to Cleveland is a "testament to the kinds of values that he has incorporated into his life."

"I think it's a pretty powerful statement about the value of a place that you consider home," he added.

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