It’s no secret that LeBron James has a massive fanbase, and a heartwarming video of a young basketball fan’s encounter with the legendary player is further proof of his widespread appeal. Gaia, a small girl, was lucky enough to have front-row seats at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors game and was delighted to find out that she would be sitting beside the GOAT himself. The video of her reaction quickly became a viral sensation after it was shared online.
The top scorer of NBA, despite being injured in his ankle, didn’t want to miss the game. He casually moved towards a seat next to a 12-year old girl sporting a denim jacket and green beanie. As soon as the girl saw who it was, she calculated it in her head and realized it was none other than LeBron James. Overwhelmed with excitement, she couldn’t resist covering her mouth in disbelief of sitting next to the giant man.
As he sat down, the NBA star’s height made him stand out next to his companion. When their interaction was captured on camera and shared on the NBA’s Twitter account, fans were thrilled with the individual’s response. One fan even praised their reaction as the “perfect” one when sitting next to a basketball legend. Another commenter noted that it was the only appropriate way to react when in the presence of King James.
One person commented that the woman sitting next to LeBron James was just like them. Gaia had the chance to speak to Lisa Salters, a reporter for ESPN who was covering the game from the sidelines. Gaia shared that when LeBron sat down beside her, she couldn’t see him properly because of their height difference. But when she looked up and realized it was him, she was overwhelmed with excitement. She couldn’t believe that the greatest basketball player of all time was sitting next to her. She described it as one of the best moments of her life. It’s understandable to have such a reaction in that situation.
According to Gaia, she received the tickets with the hope of witnessing LeBron James break his record during the match. However, she felt disheartened as she couldn’t catch a glimpse of the basketball player in action. Nevertheless, the experience turned out to be more than satisfactory as she had the pleasure of meeting the NBA legend. The Lakers also shared a picture of Gaia and James together after the game.