LeBron James Gives Game-Worn Sneakers to Teen Cheering for Rival Team
Last night, LeBron James led the Cavaliers to a 89-77 win over Boston with 24 points, but that wasn’t the only W King James racked up. As the game came to a close, it was his off-court actions that managed to win over even the most diehard Celtics fans.
After being touched by the story of Aaron Miller, a 16-year-old Celtics fan who had overcome hours of surgery and physical therapy for brain damage and went on to win MVP honors at a local Special Olympics event, James greeted the young man at courtside. You can watch the heartwarming clip above.
“I looked up by the JumboTron and I saw what [Miller had] been through and where he is now. I think the doctor said he would never walk again or talk again… I looked up there and right from there, it became so much more than basketball,” James told ESPN.
Later, James took notice of Miller’s sneakers, the award-winning Nike Zoom Soldier 8 Flyease, which was created specifically for people with disabilities. After the game, LeBron tracked down Miller again and hooked him up with his game-worn “Opening Night” LeBron 13s.
“I designed those shoes for kids with conditions where they can’t tie their own shoestrings, and he had a pair on. Those shoes that he had on are made for kids that can’t tie their own shoes, and it’s just one strap,” James said.
“When I saw his story, it was just like, I don’t know, I felt like I was a part of him. Just showing my respect, gave him my shoes. It was well received by him. It was not for you guys or the fans. It was for him.”
So much more than basketball indeed. Bravo, King James.
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