The New York Knicks had high hopes heading into the season adding veterans Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee to play alongside star Carmelo Anthony and rising talent Kristaps Porzingis. After 38 games the Knicks sit at 17-21 and two games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks took a chance on the former MVP in Rose and his performance on the court has been paying off to this point. Rose is averaging 17.3 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 33 games with the Knicks and seemed to be regaining his playmaking form this season.
Rose did not show up to the Knicks game Monday night and did not initially alert the Knicks of a reason for his absence. Rose later reached out to the team and informed the Knicks he had returned to Chicago for a family issue.
There is a potential rift between Rose and Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek over the team’s struggles and his benching against the Bucks. Hornacek did not share much about the reason for Rose’s absence and wanted to stay focused on the team’s loss Monday night.
“Right now we don’t have enough information to really give you anything,” said Hornacek after the Knicks 110-96 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. “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.”
Rose’s teammate and close friend Noah did not want to elaborate too much on the situation as he does not know all of the details himself.
“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 been Rose’s teammate since 2008 with the Chicago Bulls before the Knicks 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.”
Rose’s future with the New York Knicks is clearly unsettled at the moment. When healthy, he is an extremely talented player on the court for the Knicks, but the Knicks must minimize the potential off the court actions from one of its best players. The Knicks and Rose must figure out a solution to this to keep the distractions away from the team and focus on basketball.