Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Updated: February 9, 12:40 PM ET
Amare Stoudemire out for weekend
Amare Stoudemire is expected to return to the New York Knicks on Monday.
Stoudemire left for Florida two days ago to mourn the loss of his brother, Hazell, who died in a car crash Monday morning. He missed that night's game against Utah and will miss Wednesday's game against the Wizards in Washington, Friday's home game against the Los Angeles Lakers and Saturday's game at Minnesota.
Coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters in Washington that Stoudemire should be back for Monday's practice. If Stoudemire returns then, he should be able to suit up for Tuesday's road game against Toronto.
"I am humbled by all of the thoughts and prayers I have received," Stoudemire said in a statement released by the team Tuesday. "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."
A spokesman for Stoudemire said funeral services for his brother will be held Saturday in Lake Wales, Fla.
The Knicks (10-15) are also without small forward Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to be out one to two weeks because of a groin strain.
ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley and Christopher Hunt contributed to this story.