The New York Knicks fell to the lowly New Orleans Pelicans, 110-96 on Monday. Bu the story of the loss was that Knicks starting point guard Derrick Rose was missing in action. What it made even weirder was that the team did not know the reason why Rose missed the game.
The Knicks was silent about Rose’s absence but team insiders state that even the squad does not know what is the real reason why their starting PG missed the game against the Pelicans.
According to reports, Rose practiced the game before Monday night’s game. But his teammates had no idea why he couldn’t suit up vs. New Orleans.
Mysterious Derrick Rose absence vs. New Orleans
“We don’t know what is going on. I hope Derrick is fine. I have zero information about what is going on. So hopefully they tell me something as soon as possible because this is … weird and everybody is worried,” Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis told the Chicago Tribune.
“I don’t really want to talk too much about it because I don’t really know what the situation is. 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,” Veteran teammate Joakim Noah said with concern via USA Today.
One theory is that Rose is pissed with head coach Jeff Hornacek for late-game decision to bench him in fourth quarters in previous games. But the Knicks head coach denied these NBA rumors.
“Everything will become clear later on,” Hornacek added. “We want to respect whatever he’s going through and we’re just not going to comment about it.”
Without Rose, the Knicks struggled most game against the Pelicans. Anthony Davis had 40 points, 18 rebounds and 3 blocks. New York forward Carmelo Anthony was also ejected from the game and played just 26 minutes. Brandon Jennings scored 20 points in place of Rose as the starting point guard.
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