But that hasn’t prevented his mysterious disappearance from being tied to basketball.
Rose has put into peril his short-term role – with the possibility of a suspension, sources said – and the longer-term chances to land a lucrative contract extension with the Knicks in July, league sources told The Vertical.
Rose has been increasingly frustrated with how this Knicks season has unfolded, culminating with him privately fuming over his diminished late-game role in Friday night’s victory in Milwaukee, sources said. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek played undrafted rookie Ron Baker over Rose in the fourth quarter.
Rose has been privately critical of Hornacek, but no one in the locker room – or management – has expressed any issues with how Hornacek has coached Rose, league sources said.
The feeling is that Rose, who has been miserable here for a few weeks, is pouting and needed to take some time off.
Rose is probably unhappy with Hornacek. Nearly all starters who get benched late in games are unhappy with their coach. But practically none of them leave their team in the dark and skip a game.
Did Rose take that drastic step in response to bickering with Hornacek? Perhaps. But I wouldn’t make that assumption.
Rose can be feuding with Hornacek. Rose can be dealing with a family matter. Those things are not mutually exclusive, and it’s even possible both contributed to his absence.
Where the line falls will surely be investigated.