The brother of Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire was killed in a car accident early Monday morning in Florida, reports ESPN News.
Stoudemire has left the team to be with his family in Florida and missed Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz.
Hazell Stoudemire, 35, was traveling at a high rate of speed on U.S. 27 in Lake Wales, Florida, where Amar’e Stoudemire grew up. His Cadillac Escalade collided with the rear of a tractor trailer at 1:42 a.m. ET.
The report said that he was not wearing a seatbelt, and he was declared dead at the scene. Police are awaiting test results to see if alcohol was involved in the accident.
“I know he’s very close to his brother so my heart’s out for him,” the Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said on Monday, adding, “He cherishes his family; he does a great job of maintaining all the relationships. Like I said, this is just a trying moment for him.”
“My thoughts and prayers and everything’s with him,” said D’Antoni, who also coached Stoudemire in Phoenix for the first six years of his career. “Whatever time he needs to take, he’ll take, and we’ll get him back as soon as possible.”
Amar’e Stoudemire is a former Mr. Basketball in Florida and went straight to the NBA out of high school.