After Disappearing on Monday, Derrick Rose Was Considering ‘Walking Away From Basketball’ For Awhile
Just before the New York Knicks were to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, no one in the organization had a clue as to where PG Derrick Rose was. He wasn’t answering calls and his closest associates were left in the dark as well. It wasn’t until after the game when Joakim Noah verified that he was ‘OK’ and would be returning soon when everybody started to relax.
His sudden disappearing act was apparently due to a family emergency which required him to go home to Chicago. But according to reports, Rose was actually considering walking away from basketball all together.
“It was a family issue,” Rose would explain after turning up at work. “It had nothing to do with the team or basketball. That’s the first time I ever felt like that emotionally and I had to be with my family,
“Rose, according to two independent sources who spoke to the Daily News on the condition of anonymity, was such an emotional wreck Monday afternoon that his only solution was to abruptly leave the Knicks to be with his mother and his son.
“In fact, Rose’s state of mind was such that for a brief time he talked about walking away from basketball for an extended period of time to clear his mind. That seems hard to believe since Rose is only 28 years old and could land a lucrative free agent contract this summer, something he talked about two years ago.”
When Rose was traded to the Knicks this past offseason, it was viewed as a second chance for him to return to form. So far, he has not lived up to the expectations of many. Rose may be one and done in NY after this season.