The Cleveland Cavaliers gave sweet-shooting wing Kyle Korver the much-needed time to grieve for the death of his brother.
Kirk Korver died at the age of 27 from a sudden illness. The family has not released any details as of the moment.
The Cavaliers released a statement regarding Kyle Korver’s status. “We are very sad to share that Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver’s brother, Kirk, passed away on Tuesday, March 20,” it read. “Kyle has been excused from the team to be with his family. We extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt best to Kyle and his entire family as they go through this very difficult time.”
Kirk played for three years for the University of Missouri-Kansas City between 2009 and 2014. He recorded 597 points and 267 rebounds for the team while he was there.
Lebron James, meanwhile, extended his sympathies for his teammate saying that he doesn’t have siblings so he couldn’t even begin to imagine what Korver is going through.
“It’s tragic for him to lose a little brother in the fashion that it happened. My prayers go out to the Korver family and everyone that has anything to do with his family,” he said.
While Cleveland is fighting for playoff seeding as they sit third on the Eastern Conference behind the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics, James said that Korver should take as much time as he needs to be with the family.
“The healing process starts now, and we’re part of his support group. He has a lot of support here,” he said. “What else can you say? It sucks.”
Kyle Korver has been averaging 9.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists for the Cavaliers this year. What they are going to miss, however, is the floor-spacing he provides. The 6-7 guard/forward is shooting 44% from the three-point area this season.