Hey everybody, Derrick Rose is back!
Derrick Rose has rejoined the team and has been fined. He is expected to be in uniform tomorrow in Philadelphia.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) January 10, 2017
Here's Derrick Rose shooting around after practice with assistant coach Josh Longstaff: pic.twitter.com/HtSpFuDUZ0— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 10, 2017
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.
Derrick Rose: "I had to be with my family." pic.twitter.com/Jj5iBi46qQ— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) January 10, 2017
Derrick Rose was asked if he felt, as a ball player on the Knicks, he had a responsibility to let them know of his absence earlier. Answer: pic.twitter.com/mtQ6h5MzqY— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) January 10, 2017
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.
Jeff Hornacek: "It is what it is...Back to playing basketball." pic.twitter.com/KEojI3rQyb— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) January 10, 2017
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.
Phil: "Not gonna comment on this matter except to say that LeBron sucks, Durant sucks, Curry & CP3 suck, & I had sex with all their moms."— Joseph Flynn (@ChinaJoeFlynn) January 10, 2017
Phil: "I've prepared a statement on the recent controversy..."— Joseph Flynn (@ChinaJoeFlynn) January 10, 2017
[Pulls out a list of 2017 FAs]
"...fuck him, fuck him, fuck him..."
Seems like something he’d do. Please, let’s get back to basketball. Better yet, let’s get back to decent basketball.