In tonight’s loss to the Pelicans, the Knicks were without point guard Derrick Rose.
Sources: There are team officials, teammates and close associates unclear of reason for Derrick Rose's absence for Knicks-Pelicans at MSG.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 10, 2017
So no one in the organization knew where Rose was. As far as we know, he blew off the game. What a bizarre situation. Word is that Rose attended the Knicks’ shootaround but obviously missed the game later on in the evening.
Apparently, he may have just went home.
There are strong indications that Derrick Rose returned to his hometown of Chicago.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) January 10, 2017
Speculation has run rampant about the situation. It is highly unusual for a player to dip out of town and miss a game, so hopefully everything is just fine with Rose and his family back home. However, if it is an internal matter that boiled to the point where a player had to leave town to get away from the organization, that is a problem that will take some healing.
We’ll evaluate the story as more details unfold.