Despite providing the reason why he went on AWOL during Monday’s game between New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans, Derrick Rose still got penalized by his team and was fined with an undisclosed amount.
However, according to a former Knicks player and now NBATV Analyst, Greg Anthony, the fine is not enough as damage was already done to their team’s dynamics. He blasted Rose for his “unacceptable” actions and also admitted that he doesn’t think there’s an excuse for what the former MVP did.
“I don’t think there’s anything a player could do to damage the dynamic of a team more so than what Derrick did by going AWOL. Like that one to me is beyond unacceptable. It just really is. And it’s disappointing because I know Derrick, I’m a fan of his, I know how hard he’s worked to get back, I know how much he loves the game.”
“I just don’t know there’s an excuse. And I say this as a father: knock on wood, if I’d lost one of my children, you know, the day of the game, I’m going to have the presence to contact the team and let them know of my situation. And it’s got to be something of that magnitude in order for me to miss it. But even if I missed it, (my team is) going to know I missed it. It’s just petty and immature to approach it that way.”
Rose’s actions triggered a lot of fans, especially on Twitter, to make their opinions known about the situation. Their comments have varied with some making fun of it while others sympathizing with him. With Anthony voicing out his thoughts about the 6-foot-3 point guard’s disappearance on Monday, it might be the start for more players, both current and from the past, to also follow suit.