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Richardson leaves team; brother reportedly killed

SEATTLE -- New York Knicks guard Quentin Richardson has left
the team because of a family emergency, amid reports his brother
was shot and killed in Chicago.

The Knicks said Richardson left the team Monday, but would not
say why.
Madison Square Garden Network reported during its telecast of
the Knicks' game at Seattle on Tuesday that Richardson's
brother was shot in Chicago on Monday.

The Knicks defeated the Sonics 104-101.

His Knicks teammates were given the news by team president Isiah
Thomas at the practice, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

"This bothered me all night. It's awful" center Jerome James
told the newspaper after leading the team in prayer.

"Out of respect for his privacy and what he and his family are
dealing with, we won't comment on any of his personal issues or
things that are happening," Thomas told the New York Times for
Wednesday's editions.

Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said it is uncertain when
Richardson will return.

"We all went to him," Knicks coach Larry Brown told the New
York Post. "We all talked to him ... What are you going to say?"

A Cook County medical examiner's office spokesman said a Lee
Richardson, 31, of Chicago, died of multiple gunshot wounds on
Monday. Quentin Richardson had a brother, Lee, according to the
Phoenix Suns' 2004 media guide.

When Richardson was 12, his brother Bernard was shot and killed
by robbers.

Richardson is in his first season with the Knicks after playing
last season in Phoenix. He is averaging 6.9 points in 14 games.