Derrick Rose is missing. As incredulous as that sounds, the former MVP has not been heard from since the Knicks hosted the Pelicans tonight at Madison Square Garden. Officials reportedly could not reach him before the game nor during the duration of the contest.
Of course, the jokes have been flying on social media about this. For me, I’m very worried. No matter how upset he might be at being benched the last two games, I can’t envision Rose being so unprofessional as to not show up for work. He’s in a contract year and a move like that effectively sinks his brand. So the only other alternative is something serious going on. I’m hoping it’s a confidential family matter that only a few high-level Knicks officials know about.
More on this as the story develops…
UPDATE #1 – Coach Hornacek has no answers post-game, but at least it sounds like he’s alive.
Hornacek: “Right now we don’t have information to give you anything. That’s just going to have to wait until we hear from Derrick himself.”
— Mike Vorkunov (@Mike_Vorkunov) January 10, 2017
Jeff Hornacek says he believes Derrick Rose will back with the team.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 10, 2017
UPDATE #2 – Rose quit on the team?
Derrick Rose attended the Knicks morning shootaround in Westchester, according to a source close to Rose.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) January 10, 2017
UPDATE #3 – Joakim Noah made contact with Rose after the game.
Joakim Noah says he spoke to Derrick Rose after the game and that “he’s ok.”
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) January 10, 2017
UPDATE #4 – Rose informed the Knicks he had a family situation.
According to sources Rose told the team he had a family situation.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 10, 2017