With only a few minutes left before tip-off, team officials were still uncertain where the former MVP was and they were forced to scratch his name off the active players list. News surfaced after the game that he was tending to a family situation but his exact location was still not determined.
According to sources Rose told the team he had a family situation.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) 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
A day after going AWOL, more updates about his situation are expected to come up that will enlighten the Knicks on what caused him not to report for the game on Monday.
Should the team ultimately decide to fine or suspend him, it will be considered a huge dent to his already rocky relationship with the Knicks’ coaching staff and management especially now that talks for his possible contract extension are expected to commence anytime soon.
What exactly happened to him is anybody’s guess at this point, but any development on his situation will surely be monitored closely.