During the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 89-77 win over the Celtics in Boston last night, the folks at the TD Garden introduced everyone to 16-year old, Aaron Miller, who had recently overcome brain damage and won the MVP award at a local Special Olympics event.
Everyone in the building took notice and applauded Miller, including the biggest star of them all- LeBron James. LBJ also took note of Aaron’s footwear, the Nike Zoom Soldier 8 Flyease, which was specifically made for people with disabilities who have trouble tying their own shoes.
“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.
“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.
After the awesome court side moment, LeBron linked up with Aaron again and hooked him up with his game-worn ‘Opening Night’ Nike LeBron 13s.
“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.”
— NBA (@NBA) December 16, 2015