Washington Wizards point guard John Wall was visibly emotional during a post-game interview after defeating the Boston Celtics in double-overtime, but it wasn’t about the game.
Earlier that day, Wall’s young friend Miyah Telemaque-Nelson had died of Burkitt’s Lymphoma at age 6. They met in March when he helped her achieve her dream of meetingNicki Minaj. After that, they stayed in touch, FaceTiming as recently as two weeks before she died.
Before Monday’s game, the Wizards held a moment of silence in Miyah’s honor, and Wall wrote her name on his shoes.
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