Derrick Rose wasn’t at the Knicks’ game tonight.
The New York Knicks were without Derrick Rose during tonight’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Rose, 28, was surprisingly absent from the arena, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.
Team officials were unable to reach Rose by phone – nor get answers from his closest confidants – in the immediate time prior to the opening tip, league sources told The Vertical.
Beyond Knicks officials, some close associates of Rose were unable to reach him on Monday, sources told The Vertical.
Knicks big man Joakim Noah said after the game that he had spoken to Rose and that he’s “OK,” but didn’t go into any more detail.
New York’s coach, Jeff Hornacek, said the team “didn’t have enough information” to say anything and that you’d have to talk to Derrick.
According to multiple reports, Rose has been increasingly frustrated with his role on the team and had a “major blowout” with Hornacek after getting benched on Saturday night.
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Rose, who’ll be a free agent this summer, has been increasingly frustrated with how this Knicks season has unfolded, culminating with him privately fuming over his diminished late-game role in Friday night’s victory in Milwaukee, sources said. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek played undrafted rookie Ron Baker over Rose in the fourth quarter.
Rose’s relationship with Hornacek has been frayed in recent weeks, league sources told The Vertical.
Rose’s playing time has dipped a bit this month. He’s averaging 29 minutes a contest, a minimal drop-off from previous months when he was averaging about 32 minutes a game.