A cute boy was overwhelmed by emotion after catching a glimpse of basketball player LeBron James.
Liam Burgin, 13, is a big basketball fan and spends his time analyzing the game and the backgrounds of the players.
Footage shows that Liam bursts into tears after seeing LA Lakers player run onto the field at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Liam Burgin (photo), 13, burst into tears after seeing his basketball hero LeBron James for the first time in real life. His mother, Keele, picked up tickets at the Pepsi Center in Denver
LeBron plays for LA Lakers during the match against the Denver Nuggets on December 3. It was the first time that Liam saw his basketball hero in real life
Liam was so inspired by LeBron’s story of overcoming many obstacles to eventually lead his underdog hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, to a national championship that quickly became his favorite player.
But despite fervently following the sport, Liam could never have seen his idol personally.
So mother Keele, 50, from Denver, Colorado, took the opportunity to buy tickets at the Pepsi Center in Denver, where Liam’s local side Denver Nuggets was set to play the new LeBron team, the LA Lakers.
Keele captured the astonishing moment when her son first caught a glimpse of LeBron, who ran onto the field on video.
While his idol appears below, Liam exclaims: “Mom, that’s LeBron. Mom, seriously, that’s LeBron personally, like he’s really real. ”
And while an enchanted Liam watches LeBron heat up, mother Keele asks her son: “How are you feeling now?” Liam wipes away the happy tears with his sleeve and answers, “I’m just so happy.”
LeBron is warming up for his match against the Denver Nuggets, the local side of Liam. Although he eagerly followed the sport, Liam had never seen his idol personally before
Liam was overwhelmed by emotion and began to say “that’s LeBron,” but could hardly form a sentence because of his tears.
His mother said she was worried at first because their tickets were in the upper part of the arena, but as soon as she saw her son point to his sporting hero, all those worries disappeared.
She said: ‘All my boys love basketball and when I heard that LeBron would be in town, it wasn’t a brain teaser, not even in the seats.
“Frankly, when we first sat down, I was worried because we were close to the back row in the arena and the court looked so far away.
“Then the players came on the field and Liam saw LeBron and he kept saying,” Mom, that’s LeBron. Mom, seriously, that’s LeBron personally, as if he really is real. ” I didn’t think about the chairs anymore. ”
Liam and his twin brother Greyson were born prematurely and circumstances related to their birth forced Liam to give up basketball for young people at a young age.
But after studying LeBron’s life story, he slowly fell in love with the game and now plays again – culminating in his journey to see his hero in real life.
Liam said, “I’ve been watching LeBron for so long that it felt like he was just part of the TV – but when I saw it in real life, it gave me a kind of hope. I stopped playing basketball for many years until the 7th grade.
After being asked by his mother, Keele, how he felt, Liam says he is ‘just so happy’. Keele said that buying basketball tickets for her sons was a “no brainer.”
‘I fell in love with the sport and studied as much as possible about all players. “The reason Lebron struck me was that he had so many setbacks in his life, but he never gave up, whatever it was.
“He was one of the reasons I got basketball again and worked on it almost every day.
“Whether it was the underdog against the Warriors and coming to the top, or how good a father he is, it was his personality that drew me to him, perhaps even more than his game.
“Because of him, I joined a basketball team and give it to me all on the pitch every time.”
Mother Keele added: ‘Liam is an incredibly soulful boy who has experienced a lot in his thirteen short years.
“He and his twins were born prematurely and he literally fought for his life.
“He struggled with his fight or flight reactions until he was about seven, which was incredibly difficult from every angle.
“I believe in experiences above things. I try to create a culture in my family where the time we spend together rather than the things we have is concerned.
‘All my boys love basketball and when I heard that LeBron would be in town, it was a no-brainer, even on the bleeder seats.
“It doesn’t matter how much money you spend on your children, it’s the time and quality that they will remember and cherish.”