The death of Ingrid Williams, wife of former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams, has led to an outpouring of affection and sorrow from players, coaches and personnel around the NBA, but Anthony Davis had largely kept his mourning private.

Less than 24 hours after the best game of his young career, a 59-point, 20-rebound domination of the Detroit Pistons, Davis released a first-person essay to express how "heartbroken" he is for the couple that had become "like a second family to me."

"I keep thinking about how, before every home game, as soon as Monty came out on the floor, he would look up in the stands to where Ingrid and the kids were sitting and finding them there, he'd smile and wave to them. Before every single game," Davis wrote on Medium. "My prayers and my heart are with the Williams family. Because they are like my second family."