There aren’t a lot of details, yet.
Derrick Rose didn’t show up for the Knicks game against the Pelicans Monday night at Madison Square Garden, and team officials were not sure why. He had been at shootaround but didn’t show up for the game.
“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 played with Rose since 2008 as teammates in Chicago before coming to New York. “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.”
When asked if Rose’s health is OK in light of his mysterious absence, Noah replied, “Yeah. He’s OK … I think it’s a relief for all of us.”
That’s good news. Coach Jeff Hornacek added this.
“Everything will become clear later on,” Hornacek said. “You know, we want to respect whatever he’s going through. We’re just not going to comment on it.”
The next question is where is he and why did he miss the game? In the absence of real information, there has been talk of Rose’s frustration with his role in the offense. There was talk of him having words with Hornacek. Here is the most solid information we have, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
There’s a lot more we don’t know. This is the Knicks, which means this story is going to drag out for a while, and likely not be simple.