Derrick Rose Disappears From Knicks Prior to Tip-Off


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After attending morning shootaround, New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose failed to show up to his team's game against the New Orleans Pelicans—and no one in the organization knew why.

The team was worried enough to send someone to Rose's apartment to look for him, but he wasn't there.

Reporter Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Rose was "unhappy" about being benched in the fourth quarter of the team's comeback win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

With rookie Ron Baker on the floor in place of Rose in the final period of that contest, the Knicks erased a 13-point deficit to win 116-111.

After their tilt with the Pelicans, Knicks center Joakim Noah, who's been a teammate of Rose's since 2008 when both were on the Chicago Bulls before coming to New York this season, quelled the NBA world's worst fears when he said his teammate is "OK."

"I mean, I don't really want to talk too much about it because I don't really know what the situation is," Noah said. "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."

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek remained tight-lipped on the issue after the game.

"Right now we don't have enough information to really give you anything," he said. "So that's just going to have to wait until we hear something from Derrick himself. Other than that, if you want to talk about the game, ask away."

As best we can tell, it would appear Rose returned to Chicago to deal with a "family situation" without informing the team.

Let's hope the word "situation" is being used in place of "emergency" purposefully, and that those close to Rose are alright.

In solidarity with their absent point guard, the Knicks also failed to show up to their game with the Pelicans, trailing by as much as 29 halfway through the fourth quarter, ultimately losing 110-96.