Video: Dwyane Wade in Tears as He Mourns Kobe Bryant’s Tragic Passing

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It seems like everyone across the world is in total shock following the tragic death of Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash.

Former Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade attempted to communicate his thoughts on Bryant’s passing via social media but was clearly shaken.

Wade’s and Bryant’s careers overlapped by 13 seasons, and the two had some fierce battles on the basketball court. There was sometimes a little tension between the two, as they shared plenty of similarities, including a tendency to rise to the occasion in crunch time.

Most memorably, Bryant banked in a game-winning 3-pointer over Wade during a regular-season contest during the 2009-10 season.

The two superstar guards did, however, share a special moment together as teammates. They both played on the so-called “Redeem Team,” the 2008 Olympic basketball team that reclaimed the gold medal for the United States.

Also on Sunday, Heat team president Pat Riley tweeted some words of sympathy and support for Bryant and his family.

It has been confirmed that in addition to the Lakers great, one of his daughters, Gianna, was in the helicopter at the time and passed away.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.