In one of the strangest stories of the NBA season so far, New York Knicks starting point guard and former MVP Derrick Rose was missing Monday night during the Knicks loss to the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden.
Rose reportedly didn't take kindly to being benched down the stretch of the Knicks' road win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. When game time rolled around last night, Rose was nowhere to be found.
Sources: There are team officials, teammates and close associates unclear of reason for Derrick Rose's absence for Knicks-Pelicans at MSG.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 10, 2017
As the game moved along without him, there was a lot of speculation with regard to Rose's whereabouts. It was later reported that Rose left the Knicks, without informing team officials, to fly to Chicago due to a "family issue."
Derrick Rose said his absence was a family issue and had nothing to do with basketball.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 10, 2017
"I've never had a problem with a coach in my life," Rose said to ESPN's Cole Harvey.
Derrick Rose has rejoined the team and has been fined. He is expected to be in uniform tomorrow in Philadelphia.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) January 10, 2017