Milwaukee guard Brandon Jennings bought Under Armour basketball shoes for the Bucks fans who sit at courtside.

Charlotte's Stephen Jackson liked the idea and bought Jordan Brand shoes for 49 of the 50 front-row fans at Bobcat games.

"We have two seats, me and my wife," says Charlotte forward Tyrus Thomas. "He gave us one pair of shoes. You have to put that in your article. He comes to our house at least twice a week, eats our food, and my wife doesn't get shoes."

Why doesn't Jamie get the shoes?

"That's what I'm trying to figure out," says Thomas.

I think a lot of people will be.

"He don't need shoes," says Jackson. "His wife gets them."

Fans who can afford to sit at courtside at Time Warner Cable Arena can afford their own sneakers.

But I love the gesture anyway.

The division between the people who watch sports and the people who play them has never been wider. This is because athletes make more money than they ever have and because fans are crazier than they have ever been. If you don't believe the latter, watch autograph-seekers outside an arena or in a hotel lobby.

A gesture such as Jackson's helps reduce the distance.

We think of Jackson, who will turn 33 on Tuesday, as an emotional player who collects technical fouls the way some people collect art.