Tom Thibodeau releases a statement on the death of the former Knicks player’s brother

New York Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau opened his March 14 road game pre-game press conference against the Portland Trail Blazers with a message to RJ Barrett and his family about the untimely death of his younger brother, Nathan.

“On behalf of our organization and our team, we would like to send our deepest condolences to the Barrett family and the loss of their son Nathan and RJ’s brother,” Thibodeau told reporters. “So our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.”

RJ Barrett was the Knicks’ No. 3 pick in 2019. After spending his first four and a half seasons with the Knicks, the Canadian winger returned home to play for the Toronto Raptors as part of the OG Anunoby trade.

According to MSG Network color commentator Mike Breen, Nathan died on Tuesday, March 12, but news of his death wasn’t reported until Thursday, March 14.