One would be hard-pressed to find an in-game moment more touching.
The fact that it came from LeBron James makes it all the more special.
While seeing a jumbotron video tribute for Special Olympian Aaron Miller, 16, during the Cleveland Cavaliers-Boston Celtics game on Tuesday night at TD Garden, King James took a moment to greet and congratulate the MVP athlete himself. From James, a four-time MVP, to another great athlete. Real recognizes real.
And it only got better for the high school Special Olympian athlete after the game.
James also took the time to explain to Fox Sports Ohio why he took the moment to greet and show his appreciation for Miller.
"I wasn't able to hear the whole story because I was actually in the game and coach was drawing up the play, but I looked up at the jumbotron and seen what he been through and where he is now. I think the doctor said he would never walk again, talk again or something like that," James said.
Adding to that was the fact that James noticed the kid was wearing his signature Nike shoes.
"I looked up there and right there... this game is so much more than basketball and also I seen that he had my shoes on," James continued. "I designed those shoes for kids with conditions where they're not able to put their own shoestrings on, not tie their own shoestrings, and he had a pair on. Those shoes are made for kids who can't tie their own shoes and it's just one strap and they're able to get it on with one hand or whatever the case may be."
He added: "And when I saw that and I saw his story, it was like, I don't know, I was a part of him, so I just showed him my respect and gave him my shoes. It was well received by him. It's not for you guys, it's not for the fans, it was for him."
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