The Boston Celtics honored Special Olympian Aaron Miller during halftime of Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron James took notice and greeted Miller during the game, and afterward the Cavaliers’ star gave Miller his game-used shoes.
“I wasn’t able to hear the whole story because I was actually in the game and coach was drawing up a play,” James explained to reporters after the game. “But I looked up at the Jumbotron and I seen what he’d been through and where he is now, and I think the doctor said he would never walk again, talk again, or something like that. I looked up there . . . this game is so much more than basketball, and also seeing he had my shoes on. I designed those shoes for kids with conditions where they’re not able to 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 and they’re able to get them on with like one hand or whatever the case may be.
“And when I saw that, and I saw his story, it was just like, I don’t know, I felt like I was a part of him, so just showing my respect and gave him my shoes, and it was well-received by him. It’s not for you guys, it’s not for the fans, it was for him.”
Watch the full video of James’ interaction with Miller and his explanation for giving away his shoes above.