Dwyane Wade will be in the Basketball Hall of Fame in short order. But the fact that he'll do so in a world that no longer has Kobe Bryant in it is a tragedy that will take a while to sink in fully. Amid a deluge of tributes to the Black Mamba after the shocking death of himself and his daughter, Gianna, Wade took to Instagram to stare directly into the camera and try to find the right words.
You're within your rights if you have no interest in watching this again.
The sheer rawness of these moments is perhaps the one of the most striking things about the reaction to Sunday's tragedy. The most composed men and women on the planet, many of whom have been coached by PR professionals their whole adult lives as to how to conduct themselves when facing the public, were suddenly speechless, from athletes to entertainers to public officials and beyond. No matter who you are, you've shared in this mourning. We're all equals in it.
Wade will surely have much more to say in the days and weeks to come. But for now, it's the struggle to even complete a sentence that does proper justice to Kobe Bryant. This says it all.