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LeBron meets cancer fighting high school basketball player, social media does good

Mar 30, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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Earlier this season that became a social media campaign. Ebony Nettles-Bey is a high school basketball player battling Stage 4 cancer. She lives in Wisconsin and her favorite player is LeBron James. She wanted to meet him. Twitter tried to help.

Saturday the Heat were in Milwaukee to take on the Bucks and social media had done something good — LeBron met Nettles-Bey. In fact she led the Heat onto the court and warmed up with them.

Here is the Instagram evidence.

LeBron also gave her a pair of signed shoes.

As a parent (who fortunately has not had to deal with anything like this) it’s a story that makes me warm inside. To see a young woman going through what she is going through get to have this moment is the kind of thing that really matters in life, way more than the game we attach too much to at times.

Good on LeBron and the Heat for making this happen.

  1. uscoach - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Props Lebron and Heat. It takes effort to make time for this.

    You put in the effort for sure.

    • progress2011 - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Agreed UScoach ! LBJ has consistently been a very charitable man.

      What was lost in “The Decision” is, the primary reason he agreed to it was because the network agreed to pay ONE MILLION DOLLARS, to the Boys and Girls Club.

      He is a multi-millionaire but A Million Dollars is still a significant contribution, salary, lottery winning etc.

      For all his critics….when they can fork over One Million Dollars for Charity, their belly-aching about how he went about giving his contribution of One Million Dollars, will hold more weight.

      This charitable act of giving his time to make the dreams of another human being come true is ……..PRICELESS !

  2. jayzus - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    He also gave her his game shirt and headband. A great night for someone who truly needed some happiness thrown their way. Best of luck to Miss Nettles-Bey.

  3. adoombray - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Publicity stunt. PBT plays right along with it too. Seems like a great way to get more twitter followers for the Global Icon, but if he really wanted to fight cancer he’d give real money to cancer research not pose for photo ops. If he really cared about her, he would have gone to see her play at her game not just smiled when she came to his.

    I don’t give athletes props for showing up to work with a smile on their face. LeBron was there, you know, to play basketball, and a sweaty handband doesn’t make him a hero.

    • fanofthegame79 - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      You are so lame. It’s unfortunate that you even had to post – just be happy for a young girl that got to meet her favorite player, and leave it at that. It’s one thing to hate on LeBron for (fill in the blank) but this was nothing but a positive story until you showed up. People like you are exactly what’s wrong with this world.

      • adoombray - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        There is nothing positive to this story ; the team exploited a little kids terrifying diagnosis for publicity and somehow LeBron gets made into a hero for going out to pregame introductions like he is supposed to. The real heroes are the scientists that are working hard to cure the disease, or the philanthropists that support the research because our tax dollars go to fund stadiums instead of science. This kind of story is not helpful to either cancer research or, you know, learning about basketball, which is the point of the story.

        It’s one thing to support LeBron for (fill in the blanK) but this has nothing to do with anything worth supporting him for.

      • doc305 - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        @adoombray.. are you blind? The positive of the story is square on the face of a little girl that had her dream come true.. obviously the people that are looking for cures and investing in cancer research should be applauded. .. but this website is called probasketball. com… so the articles will often reference goings on in the sport of professional basketball and the athletes..

      • jerze2387 - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        “The real heroes are the scientists that are working hard to cure the disease”

        The ones that have been given BILLIONS of dollars and have gotten nowhere besides “lets cut it out or blast it with random radioactive drugs until something MAYBE works”?

        Sorry, but I lost all respect for them when i realized how much time and money theyve been getting and have made so little progress. Then you realize, theres more money in it for them to NOT find the cure, and it all starts making sense. Theyre milking that research cow for all its worth. They cure erectile issues and all kinds of other petty crap, but thats the ONE thing they cant fix. Hell, they cured POLIO with much less technology and money. Any other job with such little progress would be shut down or theyd be replaced.

        so ill call THEM heroes when they finally decide maybe helping people is more important than milking every last dollar they can out of philanthropists

    • huey88 - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Please, just shut up..The girl wanted to meet her favorite player and she did, probably meant everything to her. The team exploited her sickness by letting her become a part of a team..something a kid cherishes for a lifetime? Athletes can be heroes to, I’m sure meeting Lebron made her smile inside and made her forget about her sickness if just for a few hours, that in-itself is something. Like fanofthegame said..people like you are whats wrong with this world

    • bcb11 - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      You speak as if the team picked a random sick player and pushed her to come. She wanted to meet him. Think about it: if an NBA team chose a fan and said “Hey, you can come meet your favorite player and shoot around with him.” I figure lots of fans would be more than happy to take a trip to where their favorite team plays and do so, it’d be a nice story, and so on and on. But it’s a girl dealing with cancer, so its definitely, for sure, even-though-we’re-not-privy-to-all-this simply a publicity stunt? In that sense, it seems more like you’re the one using the disease as a reason to attack James and the Heat.

      • adoombray - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        whatever her situation is, LeBron literally did nothing different than usual and doesn’t deserve praise. he gave her his sweaty headband after the game, woopty-do. It would have helped a lot more to give her a check for her medical bills.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Are you actually close to anybody suffering from cancer? Because if you were, you’d know how important morale is for them and their families. Would paying some of her bills helped? Absolutely. But that doesn’t render what he did do for her meaningless. Ask her if you don’t believe me.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 30, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      LeBron is a big supporter of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, a cancer charity for children founded by an award winning songwriter.

      My girlfriend used to work for them. Google LeBron along with that charity name, and you’ll find articles to prove his involvement. I’d post them on here, but this site screens comments with addresses.

    • willkill4caffeine - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      It’s funny how people with no talent or money always want the people that have it to give it up. So because LeBron didn’t give her a check for her medical bills, everything he and the team did for her that night is rendered moot? One of the most illogical things I’ve ever heard. Where’s your contributions to cancer research? Have you dropped a check, donated to a cause, or done anything you’re chastising LeBron to do? I would say no. Trolls come in all shapes and sizes, I hope you got your fill of feeling important for 5 minutes from all the negative backlash your comments have received, because before you know it, you’ll be back in obscurity, living the depressing life you’ve built. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go enjoy my day. Much love LeBron and Heat for what you did for this young woman.

  4. indyzown - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Indiana in 5

    • reesesteel23 - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Crack is wack

    • miamatt - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Maybe against Cleveland. Maybe.

      • gameisours - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        But maybe not

    • bigmeechy74 - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      that’s relevant to this story… how?

  5. thenmoveback - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    @adombray. Your scum. Ppl like u bring nothing to our society. Leave this planet.

  6. jzone954 - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    I’m sure some how Lebron will be criticized for this….especially on this site.

  7. dvic13 - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    You gotta be a real cynical m’fer to find negative in this story. If Lebron had showed up at her game, you would of been calling him cheap for not getting her tickets.

  8. bcb11 - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    @adoombray of course you would: these are anonymous posts, after all. Actually, you make a fair point, perhaps James doesn’t deserve praise, adulation, the whole nine yards. What I can’t figure out is your inability to process how this might have meant something to her, and instead jump to the idea this is entirely fabricated. Plus I’d suggest it’s a little presumptuous to say that what he’s done isn’t good enough.

  9. jzone954 - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Waiting for Canton and Kb to
    Moan about this…

  10. noleitup - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Saw this on Sportscenter this morning and teared up a lil bit. People can say publicity stunt all they want but Lebron and most of the Heat members are genuinely good dudes. I love my magic but I root for the heat when they’re not playing us.

  11. kb2408 - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Great for her…and an awesome gesture by LBJ & the Heat.

  12. jzone954 - Mar 30, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Kb👏👏👏👏 I apologize sir I was wrong even though it’s all in good fun 👍

  13. rodge1 - Mar 30, 2014 at 7:56 PM


    Your confidence is cute, especially after barely beating Miami in Indy them losing to the Cavs. There were Celtic fans, Bull fans, Knick fans all with the same confidence. You certainly joined an esteemed group…

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