It’s a tough time for so many people as the world observes Kobe Bryant and his legacy. We knew it was going to be especially hard for Shaquille O’Neal, who played alongside Kobe on the Lakers for years. Shaq broke his silence a few days ago, but tonight he joined Dwyane Wade and others in a special tribute program honoring Kobe on TNT.

Shaq shed tears as he talked about his good friend and discussed the importance of letting loved ones know just how loved they are. “Now I lost a little brother,” said Shaq, who recently also lost his father and sister.

He also talked about how hearing of Gianna Bryant’s death and described her passing as the “final blow,” in hearing of the tragedy.

You can watch the video below:

Shaq and Kobe were like the dynamic duo of the NBA during their era, winning three championships back to back for the Lakers from 2000 to 2002.

We continue to pray for everyone affected by the loss of Kobe and Gianna Bryant as well the others who were killed in the helicopter crash.