Los Angeles Clippers superstar Chris Paul has always been known as real, someone who cares.
He is one of the genuine good guys in the NBA and has proved that on several occasions with his generosity away from the court.
And earlier this week, the Clippers' star guard proved that again by reaching out to a fan in need.
It all goes back to a Youtube video that Paul found, about a boy and his mother and the shoes she gave him before she died.
They were Paul's shoes.
When the mother of Jack Gallager, of Erie, Pa, died of brain cancer in September, Jack left one of Paul's signature shoes at here grave with flowers in it. He keeps the other one at home and uses it when he wants to talk to her.
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Paul makes contact
Paul saw a video about Gallagher and decided he had to reach out to Jack and his family. He reached them and, on Wednesday night, he got them tickets to the Clippers' game against the Pistons. He also spent time with Gallagher and his dad before the game.
“Today was a gift from god,” said Michael Gallagher, father of Jack, to NBA.com. “To have this dream actually happen by the gracious efforts of Chris Paul and the Clippers is more than we could have ever asked for. This is a memory for a lifetime for my son.”
What did it mean?
Paul meeting the fan pretty much made his week, month and year.
“It was unreal,” Jack told NBA.com of his meeting of Paul. “I still cannot believe it actually happened. This means so much to me and I can’t describe how much Chris means to me for doing this.”
The biggest surprise, however, came at the end of the night. Paul took Jack and his father down to the locker room. Then he showed Jack that he had put Jack's mom's initials on his shoes, LEG.
Then, he gave the shoes to Jack.
It was a touching story and touching tribute. One of the sports stories we wish we heard more about.