January 11, 2017

Derrick Rose Considered Walking Away From Basketball In Absence

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What's going on with D Rose?

Derrick Rose went AWOL from the Knicks Monday night for a game against the Pelicans, but was back at the team’s practice facility on Tuesday. Rose was fined by the team and will suit up Wednesday night against the Sixers, but we now have a little more detail on why Rose left the team.

Rose said he left because of a “family issue” with his mother.

“It was a family issue,” Rose would explain after turning up at work. “It had nothing to do with the team or basketball. That’s the first time I ever felt like that emotionally and I had to be with my family,”

Rose, according to two independent sources who spoke to the Daily News on the condition of anonymity, was such an emotional wreck Monday afternoon that his only solution was to abruptly leave the Knicks to be with his mother and his son.

In fact, Rose’s state of mind was such that for a brief time he talked about walking away from basketball for an extended period of time to clear his mind. That seems hard to believe since Rose is only 28 years old and could land a lucrative free agent contract this summer, something he talked about two years ago.”

Rose is Chicago through and through, and this was the first season he has spent away his son and family. Rose also has butt heads with head coach Jeff Hornacek about his role with the team, he recently was benched at the end of games. All of this combined with something going on with his mother, you can’t blame the man from being away from the team.

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