Derrick Rose goes A.W.O.L.
Surreal scenes unfolded at Madison Square Garden last night as the game took a backseat to the burning question of ‘What’s happened to Derrick Rose?’
In his pregame address to media, Knicks’ coach Jeff Hornacek said that all players bar Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who was out with an illness, would be available to play. Then, shortly before tip-off, Knicks PR tweeted that Brandon Jennings would start in place of Derrick Rose who was not with the team.
Brandon Jennings is starting tonight versus @PelicansNBA – Derrick Rose is not with the team.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) January 10, 2017
From that point on information began trickling out that neither the team, nor Rose’s close friends knew his whereabouts.
Post-game, after the Knicks had been embarrassed by the Pelicans, Hornacek made cryptic comments about Rose’s absence, stating they didn’t have enough information to disperse to media, and that they expected Rose back – they just didn’t know when.
“Right now we don’t have enough information to really give you anything,” Hornacek said in his news conference after the loss. “So that’s just going to have to wait until we hear something from Derrick himself.”
Knicks players like Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee said they had not spoken to Rose since they last saw him at the team’s morning shootaround, until, finally, Joakim Noah was able to confirm that Rose was okay and he had spoken to him.
“I don’t really want to talk too much about it because I don’t really know what the situation is,” said Noah. “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.”
When asked if Rose’s health is okay in light of his absence, Noah replied: “Yeah. He’s okay … I think it’s a relief for all of us.”
Joakim just said everything is okay with D. Rose. Says he spoke to him after the game but won’t share the conversation: “He’s okay.”
— Nick Metallinos (@NickMetallinos) January 10, 2017
Carmelo Anthony Tossed Out – Again.
Carmelo Anthony decided to check out early of the Knicks game early. Entering a timeout and down 19 in the third term, a visibly frustrated Anthony argued the no-call prior to the referees as he was walking back to the huddle. He clearly said something the officials didn’t take too kindly to, and was promptly handed two technicals and an ejection.
This was the third ejection of 2016-17 for Anthony – he’s leading the league in that category – and brought up his yearly technical total to seven. Anthony did not front the media after the game.
Brow Dominates, Leaves Game With Bruised Hip
Anthony Davis notched the most effortless 40 point/18 rebound night seen at MSG in a while before leaving the game with a bruised hip.
Davis was well on his way to a 50-point outing when he went crashing down and into the first rows of the crowd after a hard foul by Kyle O’Quinn. The Knicks’ forward was ejected after officials determined the play a Flagrant-2 foul.
Davis made the ensuing two free-throws and then went to the locker room for treatment. He did not return.
“Bruised hip, a hip pointer,” Davis said post-game, describing his injury. “[It was] a hard foul. I really didn’t look at it yet. I saw what he did but it is what it is.”
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