Friday 19th July 2019,

Derrick Rose Went Missing Before Knicks’ Loss to Pelicans

Derrick Rose Went Missing Before Knicks’ Loss to Pelicans

Well, this is a new one.

Minutes after the New York Knicks tipped off their eventual loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, it was announced that Derrick Rose, who was conspicuously absent from the starting five, was no longer with the team for undisclosed reasons.

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski provided some context:

Joakim Noah apparently talked to Rose after the game, but he wouldn’t divulge the details of his conversation, per The Vertical’s Chris Mannix:’s Ramona Shelburne added this:

The New York Daily News‘ Frank Isola, meanwhile, heard Rose may have gone back to Chicago:

Mannix, finally, reiterated that Rose has informed friends he’s doing fine:

It’s irresponsible to comment further what’s going on here until we know the full story.

In the immediate aftermath, though, it’s clear team president Phil Jackson, not head coach Jeff Hornacek, should have addressed the media regarding this situation. Rose was his big summer acquisition, and he’s the one tasked with answering for non-basketball dilemmas.

Jackson, like the rest of us, may have been in the dark as to Derrick Rose’s whereabouts. But that’s not a good enough excuse. Hopefully the situation isn’t dire to Rose or anyone close to him. And, at the same time, hopefully the Knicks, specifically Jackson, are willing to answer for this bizarre turn of events very soon.

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