Derrick Rose’s agent admitted that his client should have done things a little bit differently when taking leave from the New York Knicks.
B.J. Armstrong believes that Rose should have sent the organization a text to at least notify them of the situation before going home to Chicago.
Here's Derrick Rose's agent, B.J. Armstrong, on how a 'simple text' could have resolved Monday's issue between Rose & NYK: pic.twitter.com/lBMg7DQbyO
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 14, 2017
This story blew up in large part because Rose abruptly left the Knicks without any warning or explanation, leaving the franchise angry and allowing the drama to play out publicly. Few people would have batted an eye at an announced one-game absence to deal with a personal matter. Armstrong is right in that regard. Rose didn’t exactly handle things well.
One of Derrick Rose’s former teammates is sticking up for him after a week of negative press.
Taj Gibson, who spent seven years with Rose in Chicago, thinks the New York Knicks guard is misunderstood and one of the best guys in the NBA.
“A lot of people misunderstand him because he’s really one of the best, one of the greatest dudes I’ve ever been around,” Gibson said Thursday ahead of Chicago’s meeting with the Knicks, via ESPN. “Off the court, personally. On the court, he’s a great guy. He’s never been negative. He’s never been as you quote, unquote say, a hater. He’s just an awesome dude, man. For real.”
Gibson didn’t expect Rose to disappear, though.
“I was surprised just like anybody else,” Gibson said. “It’s really hard to go missing in the NBA because you got so many people that’s going to check on you from agent, you got [team] staff, general managers, teammates, so it’s really tough, but you never know. Things happen.”
Still, Gibson is an unapologetic Rose supporter, chalking it up to the challenges of his career leading to him just being himself.
“I just feel Derrick has grown into his own,” Gibson said. “He doesn’t really care what people think anymore. Some players tend to go out and just say things … because they know what fans what to hear. He’s coming at you real, telling you how he feels. Because that kid’s been through a lot, hurting both knees, having the whole Chicago on his back from time to time. From heavy games to big games, I’ve been around him for a long time, and I’m proud of him. He’s going to take some critical hits sometimes, but he’s just being himself sometimes.”
Of course, Rose’s abrupt, unexplained absence earlier in the week put him in the news for all the wrong reasons. Gibson has no complaints with Rose, but he’s definitely looking at this incident from an outsider’s perspective.
Derrick Rose has returned to the New York Knicks after a brief absence to deal with what he described as a family situation, and the star point guard is irritated that reports have indicated there was much more to it than that.
More specifically, Rose was described by Marc Berman of the New York Post as being “angered” over speculation that he contemplated taking a break from basketball for an extended period of time.
“That’s something I don’t even want to speak into existence by commenting on it,” Rose said. “I don’t know who would do that. Not at all. I was with my family.”
Rose was fined roughly $200,000 for going AWOL and not informing the team of where he was on Monday. The 28-year-old missed the Knicks’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans so he could fly to his hometown of Chicago, and he told reporters he needed to be with his mother. Berman has heard indications that Rose was “distressed” and wanted to see his 4-year-old son.
Rose had one of his better games of the season Wednesday night, scoring 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting in a 98-97 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Though, he was trolled by his own team at one point with this hilarious tweet. The Knicks have now lost nine of their last 10 games.
The New York Knicks’ Twitter account deleted an interestingly-worded tweet sent during Wednesday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Derrick Rose was back in the lineup for the Knicks two days after no-showing a game without giving the team notice. His lack of communication with the team led to an unexcused absence that resulted in a “hefty fine.” Given that his poor communication was the focal point of the controversy, it was notable to see the team send the following tweet early in the game, according to Barstool Sports.
— Charlie (@CharlieWisco) January 12, 2017
The tweet was later deleted by the Knicks.
Whether they sent that with the fresh controversy in mind is not known, but it sure amounts to an eyebrow-raising reaction.
Rose went 11 of 16 for 25 points in 32 minutes during the game, but he had a team-worst negative-21 in the plus-minus category. The Knicks lost 98-97.
Derrick Rose was back in the lineup for the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, and his punishments from the team for missing Monday’s game appear to be over for now.
Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said on Wednesday that Rose will not be punished by the team beyond the fine he was levied. The fine was a hefty one at that, according to the coach.
Hornacek said was "pretty hefty fine", indicating for game missed. They would be 1/110th of wage or about $200,000.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) January 11, 2017
Rose was fined for missing Monday’s game without providing notice to the team. He essentially went AWOL and did not speak with the team while he had a family issue involving his mom.
The Knicks point guard appreciates that the team is giving him his space.
“They’ve been giving me my space – like anyone coming back,” Rose said Wednesday via the New York Post. “They just don’t want me to feel hounded. … They know I’m alright. I’m a professional, been in this before.”
Hornacek said there wasn’t additional punishment beyond the fine because of the nature of the matter.
“If there’s something serious with family and you got to go, just make sure to call us and let us know and go that route,” Hornacek said. “He understands that now. It wasn’t handled great by him.”
Talk about a poorly-timed news drop.
According to a report by Ian Begley of ESPN on Wednesday, New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, will seek a max contract this summer. For Rose, that would come out to a deal for five years and close to $150 million.
Of course, Rose seriously jeopardized his future with the Knicks by suddenly leaving the team without permission or explanation before their game against the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this week, a situation that reportedly left Knicks officials “livid and embarrassed.” Rumors have also been swirling that Rose had a falling out with head coach Jeff Hornacek last week.
The 28-year-old Rose’s on-court production this season (17.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists per game on a post-MVP-season-best 44.3 percent shooting) might be enough to dupe some talent-starved team with bountiful cap space into maxing him out. But in light of recent events, the chances of the Knicks being the ones to give Rose that kind of money are probably hovering around absolute zero.
We still don’t know many specifics as to why Derrick Rose abruptly left the New York Knicks on Monday, but whatever happened apparently had a significant emotional impact on him.
Rose abruptly left the team Monday, with the Knicks unsure of their point guard’s whereabouts for a significant period of time. Citing two independent sources, the New York Daily News’s Frank Isola reported that Rose was in such a troubled state emotionally that he felt he had no choice but to leave the Knicks to be with his mother and son.
In addition, Rose was reportedly in such a bad state that he briefly considered an extended break from basketball in order to clear his mind.
That obviously did not happen. Rose was back at it Tuesday and seemed no worse for wear. We’re left to speculate, but if this is accurate, Rose was clearly extremely troubled by something on Monday. Whether it was family-related or had its roots in a basketball issue is something we just don’t know.