Derrick Rose was a surprise no-show for the Knicks game against the Pelicans on Monday night, leaving the coaching staff and teammates wondering where their starting point guard was.
After the frustrating loss, which involved Carmelo Anthony and Kyle O’Quinn ejections, Joakim Noah said he did speak to Rose after the game.
“I mean, I don’t really want to talk too much about it because I don’t know what the situation is,” Noah said. “Obviously Derrick is one of our better players. And when he is not here it is tough. But I am just happy that everything is OK with him.”
Speculation was this no-show had something to do with Rose being unhappy with Coach Jeff Hornacek about not playing a single minute in the the Knicks last two 4th quarters. But according to some of the players, Rose attended shoot-around earlier in the day and seemed fine.
“Right now we don’t have enough information to really give you anything,” Hornacek said. “So that’s just going to have to wait until we hear something from Derrick himself. Other than that, if you want to talk about the game, ask away.”
UPDATE: According to ESPN sources, Rose returned to Chicago because of “family issues.”