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Lifelong Cavs fan gets to watch LeBron play in person for first time

Posted March 08, 2016 in Articles

Author: Wale Aliyu, WKYC

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night and invited a very special guest to accompany them.

WKYC first told you about Walter Robinson in February when he got a gift basket from the LeBron James Family Foundation including a size 16 from LeBron, a letter and one of his "I Promise" wrist bands. Robinson has been a Cavs fan since 1970 when the Cavs came to the NBA, but he's never got to watch his favorite player play, until now.

A series of strokes have impaired Walter Robinson's speech and maneuverability, but this didn't limit his dreams. The D.R.E.A.M. team at Menorah Park center for senior living helped make Walters dream come true.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” said Robinson’s grandson Bradson. “My grandfather used to bring us when we were children, I'm glad to be bringing him today.”

“I know he's excited,” said his son, Walter Robinson Jr.

In February LeBron James sent a letter to Walter Robinson saying thanks for being a fan and that “Having a fan like you drives me day in and day out.” As if a letter from LeBron wasn't enough, the Cavs invited him to Monday night's game.

LeBrons #1 fan won't say many words, but the smile on his face sitting between the Cavs T-shirt and Cavs says it all.

“Right now he's like 'Wow!'” said Bradson. “This is something I know he really likes, us being together, so we really appreciate it.”

Robinson can watch the game with his grandson for the first time in more than a decade.

“We used to come when they were orange and blue,” said Bradson. “When there would be no one playing, Shawn Kemp was on the team back then.”

“He was a fighter in his younger days, and he really has a lot of spunk left in him,” said Sherry Gavanditti
of Menorah Park. “He gets so excited about the Cavs, and he has been a LeBron fan forever. He has always believed in LeBron and LeBron has proved him to be right in his belief. So in the D.R.E.A.M. team of Menorah Park can help them get here and see this game and enjoy it. We're happy.”

“I really can't think right now, I just shook Tristan Thompson's hand,” said Bradson. "My brain is stuttering right now.”

The Cavs lost the game to the Grizzlies 106-103, but the game still had the victory of making a lifelong dream come true.

Original Article: http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/cleveland/lifelong-cavs-fan-watches-lebron-play/72809136

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