Derrick Rose Reportedly Considered Stepping Away From Basketball Recently

Bryan Brandom
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New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose abruptly left the team right before a game with the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night due to what he described as a "family issue."

More shocking than his disappearance that led the team to send an employee to the former MVP's apartment is that in the wake of his trip to Chicago, Rose also considered disappearing from the league entirely.

The New York Daily News' Frank Isola cited two independent sources in reporting that Rose was "such an emotional wreck Monday afternoon that his only solution was to abruptly leave the Knicks to be with his mother and his son."

"Rose’s state of mind was such that for a brief time he talked about walking away from basketball for an extended period of time to clear his mind," Isola continued.

That report came on Tuesday. On Wednesday, ESPN's Ian Begley reported that Rose will still seek a maximum contract in free agency this summer, which would be worth about $150 million over five years.

The point guard was benched in the fourth quarters of the last two games Rose suited up for before his inexcused absence, for which the team fined him. In the first of those two contests, the Knicks erased a 13-point deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-111 with Rose off the floor. In their next game, Rose left the game with three minutes left in the third quarter and New York down by 20 to the Indiana Pacers. The Knicks cut the lndy lead to 10 before falling 123-109.

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