Amare Stoudamire's brother dies

Amare Stoudamire's brother dies

Postby Basketball Fan on Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:33 pm ... -car-crash

Amare Stoudemire's brother dies

Brother Of Amare Stoudemire Killed In Car Accident

Hazell Stoudemire, the brother of New York Knicks star Amare Stoudemire, died in a car accident early Monday morning in Florida.

The brother of New York Knicks star Amare Stoudemire died in a car accident early Monday morning in Florida, a team spokesman confirmed to

The Florida Highway Patrol issued a report that said Hazell Stoudemire was driving a Cadillac Escalade north on U.S. 27 in Lake Wales, Fla., at a high rate of speed and collided with the rear of a tractor trailer at 1:42 a.m. ET. The report said that the 35-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt and was declared dead at the scene. Police are awaiting test results to see if alcohol was involved in the accident.

The team said 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. After Monday night's game at Utah, the Knicks travel to Washington to play the Wizards on Wednesday and return home to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

"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."

D'Antoni has communicated with Stoudemire through text messages but has yet to speak with the star power forward. Reserve Jared Jeffries will start in place of Stoudemire on Monday against Utah.

"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."

Amare Stoudemire is a former Mr. Basketball in Florida and went straight to the NBA out of high school. He grew up in the Lake Wales area, which is in central Florida.
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Re: Amare Stoudamire's brother dies

Postby ISM ELIAS on Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:59 pm

Very sad :man5:
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Postby Rooscooter on Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:41 pm

Tough news for Amare......

Not wearing a seat belt....... :bang:
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Postby OCLakersFan247 on Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:14 pm

really sad news

i never understood why people dont wear seat belts. i actually feel more uncomfortable NOT wearing a seatbelt
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Re: Amare Stoudamire's brother dies

Postby Frank Dux on Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:44 am

Damn. this really hasn't been the season the Knicks were hoping for. Losses are one thing, but a death in the family is on a different level. Best of luck Amare.
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Postby Basketball Fan on Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:55 am

Emotional Amar’e eulogizes big brother

LAKE WALES, Fla. — In the end, the pain was too much to bear. Amar’e Stoudemire rarely shows emotion on the basketball court, and those close to him say had not cried since he was 12, when his father died. But Stoudemire could not hold back any longer.

As he spoke yesterday at his brother Hazell’s funeral here at the First Baptist Church, a flood of feelings came forth.

“Big brother, oh man,’’ Stoudemire said as he hunched over the pulpit, just above Hazell’s closed casket, covered with a bouquet of red roses. “He was my guardian angel. He pretty much guided me all the way through, I’m proud to say.’’

Earlier, when Stoudemire first walked into the church, the casket was open and he lovingly reached in to touch his brother’s hand. This was a day filled with raw emotion.

“This is hurting me more than you could imagine,’’ Stoudemire said.

Dressed in gray slacks, a light-blue shirt, gray tie, and wearing sunglasses, Stoudemire, the rock of the Knicks franchise, broke down with tears of love for his big brother Hazell, who died Monday at the age of 35. A nine-man Knicks contingent, which included All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, owner Jim Dolan, interim general manager Glen Grunwald, assistant GM Allan Houston and teammate Baron Davis, watched from 10 rows away, along with about 1,000 other mourners.

Understanding the pain Stoudemire was going through, the crowd broke into applause and shouts of encouragement four different times during his seven-minute tribute to his brother. Each time Stoudemire steadied himself and continued to honor his brother, who was known as “Big STAT.”

The 6-foot-10 Hazell had a world of problems, spent time in prison, was arrested 22 times since 1993, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s website, but everyone who spoke yesterday emphasized Hazell finally was getting his life in order.

Early Monday morning, Hazell was killed in a car accident when his Cadillac Escalade ran into the back of a tractor-trailer on U.S. 27. The Cadillac was traveling at a high rate of speed, and Hazell was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Hazell tried hard to turn his life around, said Pastor Jermaine Shepard, who delivered an inspiring eulogy, noting Hazell even had become something of a religious scholar, proudly showing off the Bible app on his iPhone. Hazell might have become a better basketball player than Amar’e, but played only one year of high school ball. That year, his team went undefeated and won the state championship.

“He never lost a basketball game,’’ Amar’e said.

Hazell did not return to Bradenton Southeast after his junior year. In so many ways, he never reached success in life, but without his guidance, Amar’e never would have become the player and person he is today. Hazell played the role of older brother, father and even mother, because growing up their mother, Carrie Stoudemire, was swallowed up her own demons. Carrie is a preacher now, and she also spoke yesterday.

Amar’e, 29, easily could have been overwhelmed by the world around him as so many other young men were, especially after his father, Hazell Sr., a landscaper, died at the age of 41. It was his father who encouraged his sons to Stand Tall and Talented. That’s how Hazell got the nickname Big STAT, which was tattooed on his neck.

“I know where you are at,’’ Amar’e said of Hazell, “in paradise, sitting on your own throne, chilling. I’m going to hold it down for you, Big Homey. He looked out for me. He kept me off the streets. He gave me courage. He gave me that path. He did everything for me. He tried to do the right thing.’’

Amar’e Stoudemire did the right thing yesterday, telling the world he never would be the success he is today without the guidance and help of his big brother. Hazell could not escape his big problems. Amar’e escaped only because Hazell was there to keep trouble away and to make sure his little brother did not walk the same dangerous path.

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Re: Amare Stoudamire's brother dies

Postby Lakeshow24 on Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:02 pm

That's a good read. I hope Amar'e recovers from this in a positive way, and it's just a sad story. But life happens, all of us have to deal with life's ups and downs.
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Postby Basketball Fan on Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:12 pm ... OjTimjz0OL

Amar’e Stoudemire will honor his late brother Hazell tonight by inviting 30 children from their hometown of Lake Wales, Fla., to see the Knicks take on the Orlando Magic. Marking his brother’s birthday, Jan. 4, Amar’e is paying for the flights and tickets for the kids, whom he’ll meet post-game. Hazell died in a car accident last February. The NBA star said, “I think of my brother and the knowledge he gave me . . . I hope . . . I will pay forward some of the positive impact Hazell made.”
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Postby KB24 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:44 am

thats a cool story actually. :jam2:

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