Heat visit the White House before facing the Wiz
Not every NBA player speaks pregame, certainly not many superstar types. Miami Heat forward LeBron James and did before Wednesday's matchup with the Wizards at the Verizon Center. Here's what the four-time league Most Valuable Player had to say:
* on Wednesday's trade that sent longtime Miami center Joel Anthony to the the Celtics (Jordan Crawford went to Golden State in the same trade): "It's tough seeing a brother go. He helped us win two championships and he was obviously here before I got here. It's always tough in this game as a professional, especially a close knit group like we have to see someone go on."
* on visiting the White House and wounded warriors during this trip: "It's always a humbling experience to be in the White House, to be able to visit the First Lady and the President and the wounded warriors for what they do for us. For us to continue our freedom, it's amazing and I'm happy to be part of it."
* on Greg Oden's progress (Oden is in uniform for the first time this season): "I haven't seen much because he works out when we're not on the floor. I haven't actually gotten an opportunity to see him in the gym working out. From what I've heard he's doing well and hopefully he's getting close. We'd obviously love to see him out there, We'll see. I haven't seen much."
* on the Wizards: "I think we always know the key to their success is John [Wall] and John's progression over the season and over the year. When he plays at a high level they're a dangerous team."
* on whether he's comfortable being the torchbearer in the NBA especially with Kobe Bryant out: "I don't really look at it that way. I understand that I have an obligation to upheld, a responsibility being a professional athlete and being who I am. I live my life the same way everyday, understanding what type of role model I am to the youth and what type of person I am.