Of course, he denies that. Strongly.
File this under: What else is he supposed to say?
If Rose wasn’t considering retirement, he wasn’t considering retirement.
If he was, he wouldn’t want to admit that. That’d be considered a sign of weakness for a player in his position – just 28 and headed toward free agency.
Rose was clearly dealing with something intense Monday, and being away from his son is known to weigh on him. It’s certainly possible Rose had the extreme thought of retirement in the moment.
But that doesn’t mesh with what we know of Rose (which obviously isn’t the entire picture). His entire image rooted in basketball, and he has worked his entire life to reach this level. That effort only increased after each of his serious injuries, as Rose has willed himself back onto the court again and again. That doesn’t seem like someone pondering retirement – but he also didn’t seem like someone who’d leave his team in the dark about his whereabouts during a game. We clearly don’t know everything about him (or any player, for that matter).
As Kurt warned, Rose won’t publicly share every detail of Monday, so he and the Knicks will leak explanations – true or not – that fit their desired narratives. The corollary: Others will leak to fit their agenda.
Rose embarrassed the Knicks. It wouldn’t be unthinkable if a member of the organization leaked this retirement story to embarrass Rose, whether it’s true or not.
Did Rose ponder retirement? I don’t know. But I know he denied it and is playing again. Even with the previous reports planting the idea, it’d still be a MAJOR shock if Rose retires anytime soon.