The playoffs are always a very emotionally charged time of year for players in the NBA. However, Dwyane Wade was moved to tears for a very different reason before the Miami Heat's game seven encounter with the Charlotte Hornets.
As the national anthem rang out inside the American Airlines Arena, the shooting guard was seen with tears falling down his cheek. The reason? He had just found out some very moving news.
The death of Prince shocked millions of people. The artist had a number of followers around the world who were not just fans of his music, but great supporters of everything the late legend lived to personify.
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One of those fans was Wade and before the final game of the first round series, the three-time champion had just found out the musician was a fan of his.
In fact, Wade's play had left such a mark on Prince that the performer dubbed him his favourite player. Quite the praise from one of the most famous personalities to ever walk the planet.
In a series of tweets, Wade explained what the title meant to him:
Wade has been one of the league's main superstars since he was drafted in 2003. He enjoyed his highest level of success during the 'big three' era in Miami but has remained the lynchpin of the team since LeBron James went back to Cleveland.
He was a huge part of the franchise's run to the playoffs and will continue to play a big part in their upcoming Eastern Conference semi-final clash with the Toronto Raptors.
He did exactly what was expected of a 12-time All-Star during the series with the Charlotte Hornets as he stepped up and delivered when it mattered most.
Having surrendered a two-game lead to fall behind 3-2, Wade produced one of his finest games in recent memory to help the Heat win at the Time Warner Cable Arena, before wrapping up game seven comfortably.
His numbers were not spectacular, but he came up with the highlight plays when needed. After Charlotte had pulled Miami back to a single bucket game, he dropped his first three-pointer since December before nailing a clutch jump shot under serious pressure.
He then blocked a Kemba Walker attempt to preserve the Florida-based organisation's lead. It proved to be vital as they dominated game seven.
Prince was a musical genius and one of the biggest names in the world. His support of Wade is no surprise.
The guard is a walking legend in his own right and is a nailed on addition to the Hall of Fame once he retires. However, those days are still some time away. Wade is showing some of his best form this season and Miami stand to benefit massively.