*OKC Thunder guard Dion Waiters is not traveling with the team today following the death of his brother Tuesday in his Philadelphia hometown.
Philly’s Fox 29 reports Waiters’ brother was one of six people killed on Tuesday in three separate acts of violence. No arrests have been made.
Waiters honored his brother in an Instagram post, saying, “The call I just got about my lil brother wasn’t expecting this s—…..crushed my heart I never question why…. But this hurt…. I promise I got Yu mark my word….. Love Yu kid… r.i.p.”
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“We feel for Dion, man,” said teammate Kevin Durant. “He’s our brother and it’s tough for anyone to go through that, and we have his back on everything. He’s got our love and support throughout it all and he knows we’re here for him.”
Said Thunder general manager Sam Presti: “We were saddened to hear the news of the passing of Dion’s brother, and he has our full support. Dion and his family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
The Thunder plays the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.