Fans might hate Lebron on the court but you’re a fool if you look for reasons to hate the man off the court as well. Emanuel Duncan, a teenager diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, has one dream: To meet Lebron and the King heard about Duncan and his fight and reached out to him.


From the Indy Star’s Gregg Doyel’s excellent feature on Duncan and his inspirational story:

What does he want? I ask him for his bucket list. And this is what he says:

My bucket list is to meet LeBron. 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.

After hearing about it, Bron reached out and sent him a care package which included a signed jersey, headphones and more importantly, an inspirational letter LeBron wrote.

The letter itself is really heartfelt and you can tell Bron really cared. I am sure these two will hang out with each other on February 1st, when the Cavs come to Indy.

Check the gallery for the letter!