John Wall gives emotional postgame interview after death of young fan

Like many professional athletes, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall does his fair bit of community outreach, including visiting and befriending young fans in adverse circumstances. Wall forged a valuable relationship with one of those fans last season when he met Miyah Temaque-Nelson, a 5-year-old undergoing treatment for Burkitt's lymphoma. Wall helped grant Miyah's wish of meeting Nicki Minaj in March by organizing a social media campaign and winning support for the young girl. It was a touching story.

Unfortunately, Miyah died from her cancer on Monday morning at the age of 6. Wall and the Wizards took the court later in the night on the second night of a home-and-home with the Boston Celtics. Playing with Miyah's name on his sneakers, Wall starred with 26 points and 17 assists in a dramatic 133-132 double-overtime win. In his postgame interview with CSN Washington's Chris Miller, Wall attempted to put words to an emotional day before breaking down in tears:

Wall's reaction communicates more than a detailed explanation ever could have. It's obvious that Miyah's life and attempt to fight through her illness meant a great deal to him, well beyond a simple meeting or social-media push.

The Wizards held a moment of silence for Miyah before the game, as well, and posted this photo of her and Wall to Instagram:

Our thoughts go out to Miyah's family and anyone who knew her during this very sad time. Wall's tribute appears to have only covered a small part of what made her special.

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