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Mike Conley gives game-worn shoes to mother of child killed in bus crash

Memphis Grizzlies star Mike Conley made a very thoughtful gesture following Wednesday 95-87 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the act left him feeling both humbled and honored.

After walking off the court, Conley interacted with the fans at FedExForum. There was one individual he was seeking out, however: Kemberley Lee, the mother of nine-year-old Kameren Johnson, who was killed in a bus accident in Conley’s home state of Arkansas earlier this month.

Johnson was traveling home from Texas following a youth football tournament when the fatal crash occurred. With 115 youth and families from the Orange Mound Youth Association — which Johnson played in — in attendance for Wednesday’s game as guests of the Grizzlies, Conley gave his game-worn shoes to Lee.

“I couldn’t imagine what they’re feeling at this time,” Conley said of those impacted by Johnson’s passing, via the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

After sharing an embrace with Lee, Conley signed the shoes, which already had Johnson’s name inscribed upon them. He also presented miniature basketballs to Johnson’s brothers, who were also in attendance.

“Man, it was just humbling to give Kameren Johnson’s family those shoes and to even play with his name on my shoes was an honor,” Conley said. “I know they’re going through a lot, dealing with a lot.”