ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — LeBron James might be one of the biggest sports superstars on the planet, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t human.
First, let’s rewind to an article a few weeks back from Greg Doyel in the Indianapolis Star, about a local high schooler named Emanuel Duncan, who is stricken with a form of muscular dystrophy. Although he’s in a wheelchair, he’s become an inspirational leader to his high school football team, providing spirit and support for his classmates.
Doyel ends the story with this exchange:
What does he want? I ask him for his bucket list. And this is what he says:
“My bucket list is to meet LeBron,” he tells me. “That’s the one thing I want to do. Meet LeBron James. That’s my role model. He inspires me to do everything. To be a good person, to put other people first, to live your life and do what makes you happy. If I meet LeBron James, that would make my day. I wouldn’t ask for anything.”
I tell Emanuel that LeBron is a great guy and would no doubt be honored to meet him. I tell him, let’s see if the Cleveland Cavaliers are coming to Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season to play the Pacers. Emanuel and I have talked several times, in person and on the phone, and now we’re on the phone and I’m telling him to wait as I look up the Pacers’ sched–
“They’re here Feb. 1,” he tells me.
How did you get that so fast?
“I’ve got the Cavaliers app on my phone.”
LeBron would be lucky to meet this kid. It’s like what Bryan Rutland was thinking when he tried to get Emanuel Duncan on the team. The football team needs, LeBron needs – everyone needs – a little bit of what Emanuel Duncan has.
But the story doesn’t end there. A few weeks after the article ran, a package showed up in the mail for Emanuel, along with a letter urging him to never give up.
The sender? LeBron James…