Derrick Rose Missing Prior to Tip Off
Has anyone seen a 6’3” male, who looks like a good athlete and has bad knees?
Derrick Rose, the New York Knicks starting point guard, was no where to be seen prior to Monday night’s tip off against the New Orleans Pelicans and the scary thing is – the team had no idea where he was nor had any contact with the former league M.V.P.
The New York Knicks would end up losing Monday night’s game against the Pelicans 100-96 in what was an ugly affair, which saw both Carmelo Anthony and Kyle O’Quinn getting the hook early. Rose, who was with the team for Monday morning shoot-around, was not at the Garden that evening.
A source close to Daily News’ Frank Isola stated that there is a big chance that Rose flew to Chicago, his hometown, Monday afternoon for an unknown reason, which is believed to be a family matter, but there has been no conformation. Post game, Joakim Noah said that he was able to speak to his longtime friend and teammate and assured the media that Rose was okay, but that was the only certainty provided publicly all night.
Rose, who is averaging 17.3-points and 4.5-assists per game in what has been a huge step forward for Rose, leaving his injury-riddled past behind him, was benched for the final quarter of action against the Indiana Pacers on January 7. Reports surfaced that after the game, Rose and Head Coach Jeff Hornacek engaged in a shouting match in the locker room.
Rose returned to practice on Tuesday morning and while the reason for his absence has not be revealed just yet, some rumours indicate that either being away from his son has taken a toll on Rose, or the Friday night benching rubbed Rose worse than originally thought.
Rose has yet to face punishment for his actions and was seen speaking with General Manager Steve Mills at the Knicks facility. Whether he receives the Rajon Rondo-Fred Hoidberg treatment or not, this will be one of the more bizarre stories of 2017.