Executive order: What would Heat players do as president?
JAN 13, 2014 5:11p ET
MIAMI -- The Secret Service might want to beef up security around Air Force One and Marine One when the Miami Heat visit the White House on Tuesday.
That's because several Heat players said they would put mileage on both aircrafts if given the opportunity to change places with President Obama for a day.
"I'd fly around in Air Force One and the helicopter," Miami's Norris Cole told FOX Sports Florida. "I'd fly around in Marine One and give the famous wave, touch the people."
"I wouldn't do anything political. I'd fly in Air Force One and the helicopter and see what I could get away with," Bosh said. "They have the little presidential M&Ms with the presidential seal on them -- I'd eat them.
"I'd also order room service at the White House, order something crazy. I'd try to get away with a bunch of stuff and see who'd tell me, 'No' -- then I'd fire them."
The Heat earned Tuesday's trip to White House by winning their second consecutive NBA title in June. They'll play the Wizards at the Verizon Center on Wednesday night.
Dwyane Wade, who has spent time with fellow Chicagoan Obama several times, will be making his third visit to the White House as a member of an NBA championship team.
Asked what he would do if president for a day, Wade thought for a few seconds before replying.
"It changes over the course of my life," Wade said. "When I was younger, I might have had a different answer. Right now, off the top of my head, I'd give everybody off to spend time with their family. Call of the dogs, everybody's off. The world shuts down for a day -- nobody works, so you better have food at home so you can cook at home. Everything is shut down."
Apparently, great players think alike.
"I'd give the Miami Heat a week off from playing basketball games," LeBron James said.
To do what? "To do nothing," the King said.
Several Miami players were a bit more serious when saying what they would do with a day at work in the Oval Office.
"I'd simplify the tax code -- it's a little confusing," said forward Shane Battier, apparently intending to put his Duke degree to work.
Ray Allen is a bit of an inside the Beltway veteran. He visited the White House and President Bush after the Boston Celtics won the 2008 NBA title, he has enjoyed discussion time with President Obama and has testified before Congress about juvenile diabetes research and funding.
"First and foremost, it would be to try to get everyone on the same page," Allen said. "That's probably the issue plaguing all of us is that we're all fighting against each other. People in other countries say, 'What's wrong with Americans, nobody's on the same page?'
"Whatever it takes to get everybody on the same page, and then we start solving these issues."
Forward Udonis Haslem was inclined to spend his hypothetical day as president one way but opted for another.
"I want to say something fun, but there's a lot of important stuff going on out there in the world that probably needs to be taken care of before I go jet-skiing or something like that," Haslem said.
"I really want to do something nuts and have fun, but I see they put Obama's traveling bill and expenses on line, and talk about what he's doing and what's going on in the world while he's doing it ... I don't want that pressure."