From last night. Kevin Durant provides inspiration and an unforgettable moment for one little boy with cancer. pic.twitter.com/zuvmBbOEyY
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 5, 2016
A minor toe injury kept Kevin Durant from playing in his team’s game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday. Even if the 2014 MVP had suited up and led the Oklahoma City Thunder to victory, though, it’s safe to say his actual impact at Chesapeake Energy Arena could not have been outdone.
Five-year-old Keaton Barrón attended the contest with his family having just achieved a seemingly insurmountable goal: beating Leukemia. With his trip to Disney already planned, Keaton came to Monday’s game with the hope of checking off his last objective for the New Year.
After noticing Keaton’s handmade sign from the bench, Durant left the Thunder’s halftime locker room to meet and take photos with his little biggest fan. But the Oklahoma City superstar went one step further, too, gifting Keaton special-edition sneakers worn in his team’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Christmas.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) January 7, 2016
“I want to wear them when I get bigger,” Keaton told his parents via ESPN.com.
That might be a stretch; Durant dons size 18s. Considering inspiration provided by Durant and the obvious fight within him, though, it seems only a matter of time until Keaton fills his heroes his shoes – whether literally or figuratively.