Derrick Rose Absent From Knicks For Reasons Unknown

by January 09, 2017

Ninety minutes before tonight’s Pelicans-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, head coach Jeff Hornacek announced that only bench player Mindaugas Kuzminkas was unavailable due to illness. However, Derrick Rose never appeared in the locker room and did not partake in pregame warmups.

The Knicks PR Twitter account later announced that Rose was “not with the team” and Brandon Jennings would be starting in his place:

By halftime of the game, there was no reason behind Rose’s absence from the game and according to Woj, Knicks teammates, officials and associates of Rose did not know why he was not in the building:

Rose was benched during the fourth quarter of Friday’s win over the Bucks, but Woj is reporting that it is too early to tell if the two happenings are related:

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