Bembry declined to talk about the development prior to the Hawks game against the 76ers Friday night.
“It’s been a rough two weeks for us, but we are getting through it as a family,” Bembry said during his introductory media conference after he was taken with the No. 21 overall pick. “… We were best friends since Day 1. When my mother was at work, we were either at my grandmother’s house or my cousin’s house. We were always together.
“Definitely, he was a best friend to me. For maybe like three or four years of high school, we were talking about being in this situation. It’s pretty hard being here without him here. It’s rough. Definitely going to miss him.”
Bembry has been injured for much of his second season with the Hawks. He has appeared in just 21 games this season and averaged 4.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 17.3 minutes.