New York Knicks players and officials don't know why Derrick Rose missed Monday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sources: There are team officials, teammates and close associates unclear of reason for Derrick Rose's absence for Knicks-Pelicans at MSG.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 10, 2017
Sources: At tip-off, Knicks still hadn't been in contact with Derrick Rose. Unclear if they've reached him -- or kept trying -- during game.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 10, 2017
The New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy added that Rose's absence wasn't announced before tipoff.
90 minutes before tipoff, Jeff Hornacek said everybody was available except Kuzminskas. They just announce that Rose "is not with the team."— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) January 10, 2017
The former Bulls point guard is averaging 17.3 points per game this season, but was benched during the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win against the Bucks on Friday. Wojnarowski tweeted that it was unclear whether head coach Jeff Hornacek's decision to sit the former MVP factored into his absence.
As you'd expect, sources say Rose was unhappy with fourth quarter benching on Friday in Milwaukee -- but unclear if that's impacted absence.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 10, 2017
According to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, former Bulls center Joakim Noah, who has long been an ardent Rose supporter, made contact with the point guard and said he's "OK."
Joakim Noah says he spoke to Rose after the game. "He's OK." Does not elaborate.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) January 10, 2017
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