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Derrick Rose returned to practice Tuesday, apologized for missing Monday’s game

Hopefully this is over.

NBA: New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Hey everybody, Derrick Rose is back!

The Knicks’ starting point guard — when he’s around, that is — returned to practice Tuesday one day after vanishing without a trace prior to Monday night’s loss to the Pelicans. As per several reports, Rose indeed went back to Chicago to be with his family. He apologized for not informing the team.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek — who has far more pressing issues to worry about at the moment, let’s face it — commented on the incident for what we can only hope will be the last time.

Hornacek went on to say that If Rose is “in the right mental state,” he will start Wednesday in Philadelphia against the 76ers. So we have that to look forward to.

Team president Phil Jackson was at practice, but declined to speak to reporters. Fine by me. I don’t want Phil speaking anymore; I’m afraid of him going on another rant, insulting every quality player in the NBA.

Seems like something he’d do. Please, let’s get back to basketball. Better yet, let’s get back to decent basketball.