The New York Knicks aren’t entirely sure why Derrick Rose didn’t show up to their game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Rose had been initially listed as the starting point guard going into the game, but Brandon Jennings ended up taking that spot. The Pelicans ultimately won the matchup, 110-96.
“Right now we don’t have information to give you anything,” Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek told USA Today. “That’s just going to have to wait until we hear from Derrick himself.”
Jennings told the New York Daily News that he was “definitely concerned” about Rose after he failed to show up, adding, “Definitely a situation I’ve never been in. I just hope everything is all right.”
According to ESPN, Rose did leave without permission but was in contact with Knicks officials, citing a family situation.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that “being away from his son more is weighing very heavily on him,” but the Vertical reported that the relationships between Rose and Hornacek has been strained lately, which might have contributed to the situation, a move that “has put into peril his short-term role—with the possibility of a suspension, sources said—and the longer-term chances to land a lucrative contract extension with the Knicks in July.”
In any case, if Rose keeps this up, Jennings’ appointment as point guard is likely going to become much more permanent.