Heart-wrenching video: NBA player talks about passing of 6-year-old cancer patient he befriended

WASHINGTON -- There may be some athletes whose time with cancer patients at hospitals is only fleeting, only for a moment.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall is not one of those athletes.

Wall broke down during a post-game interview as he talked about a 6-year-old cancer patient he befriended that died Monday morning.

Wall met the girl -- Telemaque-Nelson -- last March, five months after she was diagnosed with Lymphoma, ESPN reports. During their friendship, he often wrote her name on his shoes before games, and talked with her frequently.

The NBA guard did well Monday, scoring 26 points with 7 rebounds and 17 assists in a 133-132 double overtime win over the Boston Celtics.

After the game, he tweeted about his lost friend.