Derrick Rose Returns to Knicks and Explains His Absence


Knicks guard Derrick Rose said his absence on Monday night “had nothing to do with the team or basketball.”

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Derrick Rose returned to the Knicks on Tuesday after a confusing day away from the team that left his teammates and club executives concerned about his well-being.

It turned out that Rose had traveled to Chicago, his hometown, to be with his mother without initially letting anyone on the Knicks know. And in the process, he missed the Knicks’ game against New Orleans on Monday night at Madison Square Garden, where they were run off the floor by the Pelicans.

On Tuesday, Rose practiced with the Knicks and then spoke to reporters. The team fined him an undisclosed amount but did not suspend him, and he was set to be back in uniform on Wednesday night for a game against the 76ers in Philadelphia. He could even start, Knicks Coach Jeff Hornacek said.

Still, how Monday’s incident will affect his status on the team remains to be seen.

In his comments to reporters, Rose attributed his absence to a family issue…

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