Knicks G 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 in Seattle yesterday that Richardson's brother was shot in Chicago on Monday.

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

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.

* ANTHONY FINED: Nuggets F Carmelo Anthony was fined $5,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball into the stands during a game against the Heat on Saturday.

* NOT GUILTY: Celtics G Tony Allen pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery charges stemming from a fight on Aug. 29 that escalated into a shooting outside a diner near downtown Chicago.

* SUSPENDED: Hawks F Josh Smith was suspended for two games without pay for elbowing Suns G Raja Bell in the head. The incident happened in the third period of Atlanta's 112-94 loss to the Suns in Phoenix on Sunday.

* WOODS TO KNICKS: The Knicks signed F-G Qyntel Woods, filling a roster spot that opened after the team waived Matt Barnes.

-- From News Services

"I wasn't surprised," the Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony said of his $5,000 fine.