LeBron James, during Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Celtics, performed a pretty kind gesture for a fan, as well as blowing the crowd away with a spectacular slam dunk. Aaron Miller, a 16-year-old boy from Newton, Massachusetts, was honored as the “Hero Among Us” at the Celtics vs Cavaliers game. During the second quarter, James took some time to greet young Miller as he stood courtside, and the teen was quite overjoyed.
Miller was sporting a pair of Nike Zoom Soldier 8 Flyease, shoes that were specifically designed by LeBron James for people with disabilities, according to ESPN. Miller was born with severe brain damage and had been through thousands of hours of surgery throughout his life, as well as physical therapy, in order to overcome his medical condition. Doctors believed he would be paralyzed for life, but Miller defeated the odds and plays basketball and golf at Newton North High School.
“I wasn’t able to hear the whole story because I was in the game and coach was drawing up a play, but I looked up at the jumbotron and I saw what he’s been through and where he is now — I think the doctors said he would never walk again or talk again, or something like that — this game means so much more than basketball. 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.”
— Brian Andrews (@bandrewsecho) December 16, 2015
In addition to the generosity of LeBron James, the Celtics said Aaron Miller, who recently won the Greater Boston Basketball League’s tournament MVP award, would use his experience at Tuesday’s game to donate a pair of tickets that will be very beneficial to his high school.
It’s no surprise that LeBron James gave another memorable performance during the game, as he usually tends to do when in Boston. The Cavaliers ended the game with a 89-77 win, and James displayed a new strategy of simply sprinting away from a defender – in this case, Jonas Jerebko, reports Yahoo Sports. Though James ran away, Jerebko ended up missing the shot, possibly confused or distracted by James’ odd reaction. But, this isn’t the first time he has chosen this approach to closing out on a shooter in the corner. He’s done it a few times this season, and it’s possible that this is a psych-out move meant to throw his opponent off his game. Whether that is true or not, it is still amusing to watch happen.
But the reverse breakaway slam dunk LeBron James delivered is another massive takeaway form Tuesday night’s game. James and power forward/center Kevin Love were doing a lot of the heavy lifting during the game. Love scored 20 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, while James finished with 24 points and seven boards. The two teamed up for James’ powerhouse slam dunk during the third quarter. Love offered LeBron James one of his patented half-court outlet passes, and LeBron carried through and did not disappoint with his finish.
Here's Lebron James' reverse dunk as called by Tommy Heinsohn pic.twitter.com/bhMGKTf9vN
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