New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose did not show up for Monday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Prior to the opening tip off the Knicks said he was not with the team but provided no other information.
Brandon Jennings is starting tonight versus @PelicansNBA - Derrick Rose is not with the team.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) January 10, 2017
The New York Daily News reported that Rose was with the team at morning shoot-around but did not appear in the locker room for warmups.
The Knicks' Joakim Noah said he had spoke with Rose following the game, which they lost 110-96, and said he is “okay.”
Joakim Noah tells reporters that he spoke to Derrick Rose after the game. Says "He's OK." Does not elaborate further.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) January 10, 2017
Derrick Rose has sent text messages to friends reiterating that he is OK, league sources told @TheVertical. Still unclear where he is.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) January 10, 2017
“I think it’s a relief for all of us,” Noah said. “I don’t really want to talk too much about it because I don’t really know the situation. I’m just happy that everything is okay.”
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said following the game that he expected Rose back but had no information on the absence. However according to sources, there are strong indications that Rose returned to Chicago, where his young son and most of his family resides.
Here’s how concerned internet users responded to his disappearance.
Praying that Derrick Rose is okay... Hope he's missing because of some dumb reason and its not more serious— Mike Korzemba (@mikekorz) January 10, 2017
Derrick Rose is missing and no ones heard from him.. y'all pray, not only cause he's an NBA athlete but cause he has a son to go home to..— CAR (@CarsonBrown56) January 10, 2017
Knicks and associates are unsure where Derrick Rose is. He didn't show up for tonight's game and could be missing.— NBA Free Agency (@nbafreeagency) January 10, 2017
Hope Derrick Rose is good...kinda scary to think he is missing.— Yeff Yibbs (@Yeff_Yibbs) January 10, 2017
Rose, 28, has been struggling as of late for the Knicks (17-21) and was benched for the full fourth quarters of consecutive games prior to Monday.
The player averaging 17.3 points per game, missed much of the pre season when he was accused of sexual assault in a civil suit. He was later cleared by a federal jury.