This is both potentially concerning, and very New York Knicks.
Derrick Rose is not with the New York Knicks as they take on the Pelicans at Madison Square Garden, and it doesn’t seem clear where he is. He had been at shootaround earlier that morning. The first sense of something odd was this:
Then Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports dropped this bomb:
We hope this is not something actually serious or wrong with Rose or his family.
But pouting over a benching seems plausible. Rose has been better this season than he has been the last couple, but that should not be confused with him being good again. Jared Dubin put it very well, he’s useful but not helpful at this point in his career. Which is to say, his benching against the Bucks because the undrafted Ron Baker was playing better was justified (the Knicks came from behind in the fourth to win with him sitting).
The Knicks seemed out of sorts on the court Monday night and were getting blown out in the third quarter by New Orleans, and then to make matters worse Carmelo Anthony was ejected.
The New York Knicks should steal the old TNT slogan: “We Know Drama.” Doesn’t matter the year or the players, it’s always something with this team. A team that was 1.5 games out of the playoffs in the East going into tonight — Phil Jackson didn’t bring in Rose and Joakim Noah to go with Carmelo Anthony this summer to build for the future around Kristaps Porzingis, he wanted to win now. But alas….