With a lot of uncertainty about the reason why he didn’t show up for work, the former MVP has shed light on it by revealing that he was with his mother and also explained why he did not want to take calls during that time.
Derrick Rose said he returned to Chicago because he needed to be with his mother.
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“It had nothing to do with the team or basketball. That’s the first time I ever felt like that emotionally and I had to be with my family.”
“I didn’t want any distractions to the team, especially what we have going on right now and I apologized to them, just letting them know it will never happen again. This wasn’t me. This never happened to me before and I explained that to the team and the front office.”
“I needed that space to myself and I needed to be around my mom.”
Rose flew back to New York on Tuesday morning and was seen practicing with the team. He avoided getting a suspension but was reportedly fined with an undisclosed amount.
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Rose described the situation of not informing the Knicks about his family situation as “bad timing” but made it clear that he is now focused on the season and wants to move forward.
“Now I just want to focus. There’s too much on my plate right now. I’m just trying to focus on the season like I’ve been doing since I’ve been here. But I can’t go back in the past and talk about that. Everything’s fine.”
“I never had a problem with a coach in my life, no matter what team I’ve been in on, I put that on myself because I let that space and opportunity [for others to speculate on the situation], especially when people didn’t know what was going on or people are trying to find out or figure out what’s going on with the team.”
“So I put that on myself with not telling the Knicks. It was just bad timing, but I’m not perfect, far from it.”
Without their starting point guard, the Knicks were blown out by the Pelicans, 110-96, in a game where Carmelo Anthony and Kyle O’Quinn were both ejected for two different reasons. The nine-time All-Star forward was slapped with two technical fouls for continuously complaining about a non-call while O’Quinn received a flagrant foul penalty 2 for his push on Anthony Davis.
The team is hoping that Rose’s mind is now clear and does not have anything that may cause as a distraction to him. With still more than half of the games this season left to play, the Knicks will rely on him to bring steady playmaking and his experience as the team looks to make it to the playoffs for the first time in four years.