LeBron James Gives His Game-Worn Sneakers to Rival Fan With Brain Damage
The Cleveland Cavaliers were in Boston on Tuesday night to play the Celtics but it wasn’t the score that had fans talking, it was LeBron James' kind gesture.
The star gave his sneakers to a Celtics fan with brain damage.
Aaron Miller, 16, is a Celtics fan who underwent hours of brain surgery and therapy for a medical condition that doctors believed has paralyzed him for life.
Miller recently won MVP honors at a local Special Olympics event. When James heard the news during the game, he greeted the teen courtside during the second quarter of the game.
“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.
James also noticed that Miller had Nike Zoom Soldier 8 Flyease, shoes that are specifically crafted for people with disabilities and a shoe that James helped design.
"He also had my shoes on," James told ESPN. "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.
“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."
Miller currently plays basketball and golf at Newton North High School in Massachusetts.