Jan 10, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll (5) looses the ball behind his back against the defense of Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Rockets 83-80. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Nets vs Hawks: DeMarre Carroll OUT for Atlanta Due to Birth of Child

The Atlanta Hawks will be short-handed against the Brooklyn Nets in London on Thursday as starting small forward DeMarre Carroll did not make the trip overseas.

Carroll didn’t travel to London for “personal reasons” reported Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, and those reasons are to stay with his fiancee and newborn baby girl, Lailah Amari Carroll, who was just born on Wednesday.

Congratulate @DeMarreCarroll1 as he will miss game in London due to birth of his daughter – welcome Lailah Amari Carroll. #ATLHawks

— Chris Vivlamore (ajchawks) January 15, 2014

DeMarre is obviously overwhelmed with joy and took to Twitter to share his feelings:

God has been good to me!!! One of my happiest days!!!#blessed #staypositive

— DeMarre Carroll (DeMarre Carroll1) January 15, 2014

While the birth of a child is one of the greatest gifts in the world, DeMarre would like his Hawks teammates to bring him back a gift from London:

 Hope my Team can bring me back a win!!!#ATLHawks#Atl#blessed#staypositive

— DeMarre Carroll (DeMarre Carroll1) January 15, 2014

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