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Dwyane Wade says Kobe Bryant ‘became a winner’ in ‘every aspect of his life’

Wade talked about Kobe Bryant at a post-Oscars party

Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) tries to drive to the basket as Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) defends during a game at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.
Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) tries to drive to the basket as Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) defends during a game at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.
Matt Gade, Deseret News

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union honored Kobe Bryant at an Academy Awards after-party, according to Extra.

What happened?

  • Vanity Fair held its annual Oscars after-party, which includes a slew of celebrities. This year, Union and Wade talked to Extra about Kobe Bryant, who passed away on Jan. 26 in a tragic helicopter crash.
  • Wade: “In every aspect of his life, he became a winner. He mastered whatever it is he needed to. And it comes with mistakes along the way, but, eventually, he mastered how to be an amazing basketball player, an amazing father, an amazing husband. So, just remember him mastering being a champion.”
  • Union and Wade said they were shocked by the news — just as much as fans were.
  • Union: “No, I think two weeks later people are still in shock. I think we won’t really have a full grasp of the magnitude of this loss for a while because I think people are still in shock.”

Previous reactions to Kobe Bryant’s death

  • Wade and Union previously reacted to Kobe Bryant’s death in the days immediately following the helicopter crash, according to PopCulture.com.
  • As I wrote for the Deseret News, Wade was one of the first NBA stars to react to the news on Twitter.
  • Wade shared a short clip on Instagram of Bryant and Bryant’s daughter, Gianna, who also died in the crash, saying: “I know you said keep going but today we can’t. We love you and we’re gonna miss you brother.”
  • Union wrote on Instagram: “Yesterday watching my husband (and) the kids in stunned silence, just staring at them, all of us thinking about @vanessabryant (and) her children and the families that lost pieces of their heart in an instant yesterday. Please remember that as life moves on for everyone else, the grief these families are experiencing just started. Please don’t forget about them. Please don’t forget about all the ppl who are suffering and frozen as life around them goes on. We love you. We are praying for you, for all of us struggling with unimaginable challenges we don’t speak of.”

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