LeBron takes time to give Special Olympian props, makes teen’s day
Remember when LeBron James was reviled for “The Decision?” Remember when fans in Boston couldn’t stand the guy, like ever? Remember when you looked at a new shoe line as just more building of an athlete’s brand? (What, you still do?)
After you see this, you may forget all of that.
According to reports from the Cavaliers’ game in Boston on Tuesday night, Aaron Miller was recognized at halftime for winning MVP at a recent Special Olympics competition in the city. Miller, 16, reportedly was born with severe brain damage and was told by doctors he would be physically and mentally paralyzed for life. But after "thousands of hours" of surgery and physical therapy, he competes on his school’s golf and basketball teams.
As the Cavs and Celtics came back to the floor, James took a moment to seek out Miller and give him props for the award … you know, from one MVP and Olympic champion to another.
You can see the brief encounter in the video above. And the look on Miller’s face … priceless!
But the story gets better.
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According to Boston Herald Celtics reporter Steve Bulpett, James met up with Miller again, this time bearing gifts.
"I saw what he had been through, and I see where he is now," James told the media after the game. "It wasn’t for you guys. It’s not for the fans. It was for him."
LeBron had a moment with 'Hero Among Us' Aaron Miller, 16, of Newton, a player who's overcome brain damage at birth. pic.twitter.com/VGIga8ClNQ
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) December 16, 2015
Stephen Curry may have surpassed James as the best player in the game today, but as long as James is still capable of moves like this, tough to imagine anyone isn’t still down with The King.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report