Pelicans 110, Knicks 96: With Derrick Rose Inexplicably Absent, Knicks Fall to Pelicans

“We’re not going to go into it,” Hornacek said. “Everything will become clear later on. We want to respect whatever he’s going through, and we’re just not going to comment on it.”


Knicks center Joakim Noah, right, defending Davis during the first half.

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Joakim Noah, a friend and longtime teammate with the Bulls, offered the only clear information: Rose was O.K. Noah said he had talked to Rose after the loss but declined to reveal anything else from their conversation. The rest of Rose’s teammates remained in the dark.

“We don’t know what’s going on, obviously,” Kristaps Porzingis said. “I hope Derrick is fine. I have zero information about what’s going on.”

Brandon Jennings learned 40 minutes before the game that he would take Rose’s spot in the starting lineup. After the game, he was worried.

“Definitely concerned. Definitely a situation I’ve never been in. I just hope everything is all right,” Jennings said. “He’s a big part of this team, our starting…

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