Watch Heat's Chris Silva's Heartwarming Reunion with His Mom After 3 Years Apart

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIDecember 28, 2019

MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 13:  Chris Silva #30 of the Miami Heat in action against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at American Airlines Arena on December 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Miami Heat forward Chris Silva received the best holiday gift Friday.

The Heat surprised Silva by reuniting him with his mother, Carine Minkoue Obame, whom he hadn't seen in three years, prior to their game against the Indiana Pacers. The Heat shared a video with the backstory, including the fact that Silva had seen his mother only once since moving to the United States from Gabon in 2012:

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It’s been 3 years since @SilvaObame has seen his mother. Tonight they reunited and it was everything you could imagine and more. Thanks to @NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Sr. VP of Int Basketball Operations Kimberly Bohuny with the support of @NBA_Africa for making it happen. https://t.co/aIFvIpgd3x

The 23-year-old undrafted rookie has captured the attention of head coach Erik Spoelstra, who told Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald (h/t Yahoo Sports' Ryan Young):

"That must be so scary. Coming to a new country as a high school student, not knowing the language, not knowing really anything about where you're going and being dropped off and then having to have the grit and resourcefulness to make it happen without going back, without looking in the rear-view mirror and then without have the day-to-day support of your closest ones with you on this dream and this journey.

"Once you learn his story, you want to even do more for him and help him on this journey. That's the kind of quality human being he is. It's a really unique backstory, how he has been over here basically without his family and just willing his dream."

Silva's mother traveled 18 hours from their native country, according to Heat reporter Will Manso. She attended the Heat's 113-112 victory Friday and will stay for the team's matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

Silva did not play against Indiana.

The University of South Carolina product has averaged 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 9.5 minutes across 25 games this season.