By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to ESPN, Derrick Rose left New York City due to a family situation. Rose missed the New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.
He left without permission, before telling the team later that it was due to a “family situation. He reportedly went back to Chicago, Illinois; his hometown.
ESPN even said the team went to his apartment to check on his well-being. Joakim Noah, his former Chicago Bulls teammate, said he was OK following the game.
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Even Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said “everything will become clear later on.”
“I mean, I don’t really want to talk too much about it because I don’t really know what the situation is,” Noah said. “Obviously Derrick is one of our better players. And when he is not here it is tough. But I am just happy that everything is OK with him.”
Noah has been Rose’s teammate since 2008. Following Rose’s trade to the Knicks in the summer time, Noah signed with the team.
Hornacek believes Rose will be back with the team. Even on Monday night, there was a report that said he was not happy with his benching on Friday night.
“Right now, we don’t have enough information to really give you anything,” Hornacek said. “So that’s just going to have to wait until we hear something from Derrick himself. Other than that, if you want to talk about the game, ask away.”
ESPN says Rose will be back with the team on Tuesday. His teammates Kristaps Porziņģis and Courtney Lee said they last saw Rose during the shootaround on Monday.
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Then, when they arrived at the arena, they were worried.
“We don’t know what’s going on,” Porziņģis said. “Hopefully he and his family are good, too.”
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