LeBron James thanks terminally ill college player Lauren Hill for inspiring him

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LeBron James has today taken time to thank an unlikely source of inspiration, a women's college basketball rookie.

Lauren Hill, who made her debut for Mount St. Joseph last night, is no ordinary college ball player though. Hill has inoperable brain cancer and has reportedly been given months to live by doctors.

But such is her determination that she has never given up her dream of playing basketball in college and, thanks to Hiram College agreeing to a special tip off date, she was able to get on the court Sunday night in front of a packed out crowd.

Hill managed a lay-up to register the first points of the contest and her shot was celebrated as much as any on the night. The crowd, her teammates and the opposition took time to appreciate the truly inspirational youngster - giving her a standing ovation on an emotional night.

Lauren Hill's story has clearly left a lasting impression on the face of the NBA too, with LeBron taking to Instagram to post the following message.

"Thank you for inspiring me and I'll try my best to match you!"

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It had been rumored in the run up to the game that the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar may even be among the 10,000 plus in attendance (the school usually attracts just triple-digit attendance) to see Hill take to the court on Sunday evening but with the NBA franchise practicing Sunday night that wasn't possible.

James was clearly keeping a close eye on how things turned out though, and he certainly wasn't alone in taking inspiration from what he saw. His message meanwhile shows that he remains one of the most genuine players in the league despite his success. 

LeBron and the Cavs

As Lauren Hill made her mark on the hearts and minds of many last night, LeBron James has been trying to make his mark on the 2014-15 NBA season as it heads into its second week. 

After seeing the New York Knicks ruin his homecoming with a 95-90 upset win, James and the Cavs bounced back with an OT win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

None of his 36 points on the night though were quite as poignant as Lauren Hill's opening two.

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