LeBron James & Dwyane Wade Honored A Young Girl’s Memory By Writing #LiveLikeBella On Their Sneakers Last Night
Basketball is just a game. As much as we all love to sit and watch it and talk about it and debate it, it’s just a game. It’s not life or death. We might treat it like it is sometimes. But the truth is that there are way more important issues going on out there. And it’s nice to know that even superstars like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade recognize that.
During last night’s playoff game against the Indiana Pacers, the two Miami Heat stars paid homage to a 10-year-old girl named Bella Rodriguez-Torres. Bella died on Tuesday after spending the last six years of her life battling a rare form of cancer. James and Wade honored her by writing “#LiveLikeBella” on their Nike and Li-Ning sneakers prior to tipoff last night. And even though the Heat ended up losing the game, Yahoo! Sports was quick to point out what the guys did for Bella and even asked them why they chose to do it.
“[Dwyane] came to me with the story today,” James said. “It was a no-brainer. It puts everything in perspective. At the end of the day, this game is just basketball. Two great teams, we’re competing. But it’s just basketball. You have a little girl, or any kid that loses her life over an illness. It’s very sad. It’s very sad…what happened to Bella puts everything in perspective.”
So does what James and Wade did for her. Although we criticize them quite often for what they do on the court, what they did on Tuesday night was awesome. They used the platform that they have to try and bring awareness to Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, the disease that Bella suffered from. And in the process, they also pointed out just how precious life is and how unimportant something like basketball is in the grand scheme of things. Kudos to them for doing it.