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President Obama gives shout-out to Mexico, Mo., during Cavaliers’ visit

Cleveland Cavaliers head basketball coach Tyronn Lue spoke to reporters outside the White House on Thursday.
Cleveland Cavaliers head basketball coach Tyronn Lue spoke to reporters outside the White House on Thursday. The Associated Press

The Cleveland Cavaliers visited with President Obama on Thursday at the White House as they were celebrated for winning the NBA championship earlier this year.

The president acknowledged a number of people, and it seems only one got his hometown mentioned as well: Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, who is from Mexico, Mo.

“And obviously we want to recognize Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who put so much of himself into trying to make sure this thing worked,” President Obama said. “One of the great general managers of the game, David Griffin. And the pride and joy of Mexico, Mo. — coach Tyronn Lue.”

Lue told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he brought his mother, Kim Miller, with him to the White House.

“When I called her the other night and had the chance to tell her she can come, she cried and she was excited,” Lue told the Plain Dealer. “She was happy. I got her here today and when President Obama said Mexico, Mo., she really lost it. If you hear someone going, ‘Wooo!’ that was my mom.”

President Obama also put in a plug for the Chicago Bulls during his speech. The Golden State Warriors won 73 games last season, eclipsing the 1996 Bulls by one victory. There was a debate about whether the Warriors were a better than that Bulls team, but the president said that question was answered.

“And, I should add, that by knocking off the Warriors, they cemented the 1996 Bulls as the greatest team of all time,” Obama said. “So your President thanks you for that.”

Here is the full video of the Cavaliers’ visit and the part about Mexico, Mo., comes at the 4:22 mark:

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue let the whole world know where he was from after the Cavs won the NBA title Sunday night. His grandmother, Olivia George, reacts and describes what Lue does for the town every July 4th weekend. (Video by Vahe G

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