John Wall on death of young friend: ‘It’s just another angel that God put behind me’ (vid)
When John Wall broke down on camera following Monday’s game against the Boston Celtics, it quickly became evident why the Washington Wizards star was so overcome with emotion.
Wall had lost his “little buddy,” six-year-old Miyah Telemaque-Nelson had passed away earlier in the day after a battle with lymphoma.
Wall and Miyah became fast friends after meeting earlier this year and the young girl clearly had a profound impact on Wall’s life, so it was perfectly understandable why the 24-year-old star was so emotional following his team’s double-overtime win over the Celtics on Monday.
Wall discussed Miyah’s death with CSN Washington’s Chris Miller recently and summarized how he felt in reaction to his friend’s passing by saying, “It’s just another angel that God put behind me.”
Along with talking about the good memories he has of time he spent with Miyah, like the time he helped her meet Nicki Minaj, he also addressed why he had such difficulty holding it all in following Monday’s game.
“When you asked the question, it just woke me up,” he told Mitchell. “It hits you more when you’re talking about it and that’s when it all came out.”
The thoughts expressed by Wall to Mitchell echoed what he told ESPN’s Chris McKendry and Jay Crawford during an interview earlier in the week.
“It just hurts. Her heart, just being around her, talking to her, you knew she was going to beat it, she knew nothing was going to stop her,” Wall said. “To just see a five year old, that don’t really know too much that’s going on, and just trying to learn things about life, it just put a chip on my shoulder and my heart to say “I’m put on this earth not to just play basketball, but to be a role model and to help people out in certain situations.”
[H/T D.C. Sports Bog]