After losing his dear friend, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade is still in mourning. That being said, being at this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend was not what it used to be without the basketball legend.
Kobe passed away alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna after the helicopter they were in with seven more people crashed in the Calabasas hills. There were no survivors.
So while at the Stance Spades Tournament last night, Wade got candid about his friendship with Kobe and talked about one of his favorite memories off court with the late NBA legend.
During his interview with E! News’ Rocsi Diaz, Wade admitted that the tragic loss ‘still doesn’t feel real.’
‘We are trying to continue his legacy… by continuing to just live life. For me, I am in my second act, as Kobe was in, so I look at it: ‘Alright, Kobe. I gotta do my job and lead the next generation.’ Right now, I feel like it is my job to lead. There is so much more to life. I miss my friend and we all do. I feel like we all just lost a loved one. But Kobe left such an incredible legacy and many memories behind that we keep talking about every day,’ he went on to say.
Asked to recall a special memory with Kobe, off court, Wade admitted that it was really difficult to pick just one as they had ‘so many!’
He did mention that one special one was when Kobe reached out to him after learning that he and Gabrielle Union had moved to L.A.
Unfortunately, the memory is quite bittersweet, as Wade went on to reveal.
He ‘was like ‘Yo, let me know when I can come and watch you play.’ That’s what I love… It was really about we’re family. And family supports family. And I never reached out… Because I knew that he was busy but he definitely reached out. But this is an example of do not wait. I was waiting until the play-offs to catch up and we never got that opportunity to do it. But that is how he was.’