Knicks Fine Derrick Rose After he Goes AWOL
According to the Knicks’ PR Twitter account, the team has fined Rose and he will be in uniform tomorrow when they head to Philly.
When Rose actually gives us any information on why he wasn’t at the game yesterday we will update you.
New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose went missing from the team Monday without permission before their loss against the New Orleans Pelicans. Rose would late get into contact with team officials and told them he had a family situation and had returned to his hometown of Chicago, sources told ESPN.
The Knicks were so worried that they even checked on him at his apartment, but teammate Joakim Noah saying Rose was OK.
“I mean, I don’t really want to talk too much about it because I don’t really know what the situation is,” said Noah, who has played with Rose since 2008 as his teammate in Chicago before coming to New York along with Rose prior to this season. “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.”
Hornacek said the Knicks expected Rose back in some time.
“Right now we don’t have enough information to really give you anything,” Hornacek said in his news conference after the 110-96 loss. “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.”
The Knicks had released a statement shortly before tipoff saying Rose was not with the team and provided no further information. Backup point guard Brandon Jennings started in place of Rose against the Pelicans and dropped 20 points in relief.
Rose is averaging 17.3 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 33 games for the Knicks. The Knicks lost last night 110-96 at Madison Square Garden.