The New York Knicks took the court against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday without starting point guard Derrick Rose. Knicks personnel, players, and beat writers seemed perplexed as to the reason for his absence. There was initial speculation that he was upset about being benched during the team’s victory against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. However, Rose spoke to reporters early Tuesday and confirmed that he left the team due to what he said was a ‘family issue’.
Derrick Rose: “I had to be with my family.” pic.twitter.com/Jj5iBi46qQ— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) January 10, 2017
While the situation still has a cloud of secrecy around it, there seems to be a consensus that Rose boarded a plane prior to Monday’s game and returned to his home in Chicago.
ESPN reporter Ian Begley has reported that Rose has been fined by the team for his actions. While the amount has not been disclosed, Rose can be docked as much as $200,000 based on the league’s new collective bargaining agreement back in December.
Rose is in the middle of his first season with the Knicks after spending the entirety of his career with the Chicago Bulls. The former NBA MVP has thus far had a healthy and successful season, averaging 17.3 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.9 rebounds on 44% shooting. The Knicks currently sit outside of a playoff slot in the Eastern Conference with a 17-21 record, two games shy of the 8th seed.