President Obama Congratulates Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra on Win

President Barack Obama called Erik Spoelstra Thursday to congratulate the team

Saturday, Jun 23, 2012  |  Updated 10:38 AM EDT
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City Sets Route, Preps for Heat Parade

James and coach Erik Spoelstra embrace after the game.

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City Sets Route, Preps for Heat Parade

The city has announced the parade route for Monday's Heat victory parade. Downtown business owners talk to NBC 6 about what they expect.

City Sets Route, Preps for Heat Parade

The city has announced the parade route for Monday's Heat victory parade. Downtown business owners talk to NBC 6 about what they expect.
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President Barack Obama extended his congratulations to the Miami Heat after they clinched the NBA Championship Thursday night, according to reports.

The Miami Herald reported that Obama called coach Erik Spoelstra following the Heat’s win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The newspaper said Obama called from Air Force One as he headed to Tampa and complimented the team’s performance.

Obama reportedly told Spoelstra that the team seemed to get stronger in every game and extended them an invitation to the White House, the Herald said.

The president joined a chorus of others who offered their congratulations to the winning team.

Former Heat player Shaquille O’Neal spoke to NBC 6 minutes after the game.

“Fabulous season, they came through. LeBron, the king, finally got it done. Congratulations to Micky Arison, the Heat, Miami, they deserved it,” O'Neal said inside the arena.

TV sports analyst and former NBA star Charles Barkley also spoke to NBC 6 about the win.

"I picked the Heat in six, I’m surprised they won four in a row, but they were just too good for the Thunder," he said.

The city will celebrate the team on Monday with a championship parade set for 11 a.m.

See parade route here.
 

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