The Knicks will be without Amar’e Stoudemire for the next three games as he mourns the loss of his older brother, Hazell.
Coach Mike D’Antoni announced Wednesday morning that Stoudemire, who is in Florida with his family, will rejoin the Knicks for practice Monday. Hazell Stoudemire was killed in a car wreck two days ago in Florida.
Stoudemire released this statement through the Knicks on Tuesday night:
"I am humbled by all of the thoughts and prayers I have received. Thank you for all of the support. I am going to take a few days to be with my family and grieve the loss of my big brother, Hazell Stoudemire. Although it is not clear to me now, I hope to make some good come from our tragedy."
The Knicks also will be without Carmelo Anthony for at least as long as they're without Stoudemire.
Anthony suffered a strained right groin in Monday’s win over Utah and is out 1-2 weeks. The Knicks beat the Jazz with a great team effort, sparked by point guard Jeremy Lin’s 28 points and eight assists.
The Knicks face the Wizards on Wednesday night and then play the Lakers at The Garden on Friday and are in Minnesota Saturday. Their following game is Tuesday at Toronto.
D’Antoni said he would start Lin, Landry Fields, Bill Walker, Jared Jeffries and Tyson Chandler against the Wizards.