LeBron James gives special gift to young fan with brain damage at Cavs-Celtics game
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LeBron James gives special gift to young fan with brain damage at Cavs-Celtics game
Wednesday December 16th, 2015

LeBron James and the Cavaliers visited the Celtics on Tuesday night and the superstar left quite an impact on the crowd, first with a thunderous breakaway slam dunk, and then with a kind gesture.

During the game, James stopped by courtside to chat with Aaron Miller, a 16-year-old who overcame brain damage and multiple surgeries to not only walk again, but also play on his high school’s golf and basketball teams, according to NESN.

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James also came back around after the game and dropped off a pair of shoes for Miller, who recently won the Greater Boston Basketball League’s tournament MVP award.

The two-time NBA champ saw Miller's story on the Jumbotron during a timeout and decided to pay the teen a visit, and was happy to notice he was wearing a special edition of LeBron’s shoes designed for players with disabilities.

“I also saw he had my shoes on, I designed those shoes for kids with conditions where they’re not able to tie their own shoestrings. He had a pair on. Those shoes he had on are made for kids who can’t tie their own shoes, it’s just one strap and they’re able to get them on with one hand or whatever the case may be. When I saw that and I saw his story, I just felt like I was a part of him. I just showed him my respect and gave him my shoes.”


– Brendan Maloy


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