Heat give Make-A-Wish kid a weekend to remember

TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer Published:

MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Heat arrived for work Saturday to find a new player's workout gear hanging in a locker.

He's Thiago D'Elia, a 17-year-old guard from Atlanta who has fought cancer. The Heat are treating him as one of their own this weekend.

Here's the story: The Make-A-Wish Foundation reached out to the Heat to see if they could make D'Elia's dream of hanging out with LeBron James a reality. The Heat did not hesitate in saying yes, so at practice on Saturday, D'Elia wore a Heat uniform wearing his name, got some gifts from James, an autograph for a friend from Dwyane Wade and an experience he'll never forget.

D'Elia is currently cancer-free, and will have courtside seats for Miami's game Sunday against the Detroit Pistons.