UPDATE: 3:45 pm EST
The New York Knicks and head coach spoke on Amar'e, saying that Stoudemire is traveling to Florida to be with his family and will not be with the team for Monday night's game against the Jazz in New York.
The team did not know when he will return. Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said Stoudemire can take "whatever time he needs to take" before returning to the team.
"I know he's very close to his brother so my heart's out for him," D'Antoni said after the team's shootaround 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."
Hazell Stoudemire, the older brother of New York Knicks power forwrad Amar'e Stoudemire, died early this morning in a car accident in Florida.
As Reported By TMZ:
The accident happened on Route 27 in Lake Wales. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Stoudemire was driving at a "high rate of speed" when he collided with the rear of a tractor trailer. He died on the scene. The Florida Highway Patrol says Stoudemire was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and they are unsure if alcohol was a factor.
Our hearts go out to Amar'e and his family during this difficult time. Rest in Peace Hazell.