Report: Distance from son in Chicago ‘weighing very heavily’ on Derrick Rose

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About a year ago, Chicago native Derrick Rose said he wanted to spend his entire career with the Bulls and cited his son:

Just having my son [P.J.], I’m doing all this because of my son now, you know? Just wanting to be around him every day, having him come up here, shoot with me or see me shooting til he’s able to become a ball boy. Little things like that I think about long term.

Last summer, the Bulls traded Rose to the Knicks. After an initial honeymoon phase, something is clearly wrong in New York. Rose is AWOL and reportedly believed to have returned to Chicago.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

Paralleling what I wrote about Rose’s reported feud with Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek: Rose might be burdened by missing his son. That may or may not explain all or part of the guard skipping a Knicks game.

Rose wouldn’t be the first person who struggled as work took him far from his family. He’d just be dealing with it on a far bigger stage than most. That situation would usually garner sympathy, but Rose’s stature and fans’ loyalty to organizations rather than players won’t earn him much benefit of the doubt – though he could still get, and might deserve, some.

On that note, a reminder of Kurt’s wise point: We might get fed a version of events that doesn’t necessarily match reality but is what Rose and/or the Knicks believe they can sell, especially now as we’re all light on answers for such a strange situation.