As the layers of the Derrick Rose saga start to peel, more details have surfaced — among them, one that could’ve had the 2011 NBA MVP walking away from the game for an extended period of time.
Rose explained himself to the New York Knicks for his absence against the New Orleans Pelicans and the team fined him on Tuesday. Rose is all set to suit up against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday but Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek has not mentioned if he will actually play, citing he needed to be “in the right state of mind.”
Rose went home to Chicago to be with his mother, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday — though it is still unclear why. The organization fined him not so much for missing the game, but because he didn’t let anyone know of his whereabouts, at all.
But the 6-foot-3 floor general didn’t do so, citing that he needed his “space,” per Iannazzone.
Things were so grim for Rose on Monday, that according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the Knicks guard contemplated taking an extended absence from basketball.
“Rose, according to two independent sources who spoke to the Daily News on the condition of anonymity, was such an emotional wreck Monday afternoon that his only solution was to abruptly leave the Knicks to be with his mother and his son,” wrote Isola.
“In fact, Rose’s state of mind was such that for a brief time he talked about walking away from basketball for an extended period of time to clear his mind.”
Whatever situation he had to address, he seems to have done so, as he was back with the team on Tuesday. Regardless of what he’s going through, taking a break mid-season is probably the worst idea for a player in his position, a player in a contract year.
If he’s willing to deal with it with the help of the organization, then props to him, as the Knicks will need every bit of effort from all their players to escape the 1-8 stretch they’ve been mired in since last year.