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Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson shows support to Dennis Smith Jr. after stepmother’s death

Mitchell Robinson, Knicks, Dennis Smith Jr.

New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. is going through a rough patch in his personal life and will be taking time off to be with his family.

The Knicks are sending their condolences his way, and Mitchell Robinson made his support to his teammate public.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News got a good look at what Robinson wrote in his headband. It was a class act that showcased the big man’s empathy.

Smith Jr. is out indefinitely after the death of a close family relative, which reports claim to be his stepmother.  Frank Nkilitina will be taking over his minutes in the meantime.

DSJ hasn’t had the best start to the season so far. He has played three games but only averaged 1.0 point and less than one rebound and assist per contest.

Robinson isn’t the only one who is extending his condolences for the guard. David Fizdale expressed his support to his guard as well, telling him to take the time he needs to grieve.

“We’re leaving that up to him right now,’’ Fizdale said, per the New York Post. “He’s got to take care of his family. Obviously we want to get him back as soon as he can. But when you lose somebody like, you’ve got to take care of his family first.

“Dennis is back home with his family now. Thoughts and prayers are with him right now. We’re going to miss him.”

The team will be focusing on their upcoming games, but their thoughts won’t be far from Smith. They will be ready to support him in whatever way they can.