Knick guard Derrick Rose's actions were "beyond unacceptable," former Knick and current TNT and NBATV analyst Greg Anthony told the Daily News.
"I don't think there's anything a player could do to damage the dynamic of a team more so than what Derrick did by going AWOL," Anthony said. "Like that one to me is beyond unacceptable. It just really is. And it's disappointing because I know Derrick, I'm a fan of his, I know how hard he's worked to get back, I know how much he loves the game."
Rose left the team and went to Chicago on Monday, missing the Knicks' 110-96 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Rose said his absence was a family matter and would not elaborate further. He was fined by the team but avoided a suspension and is expected to play in tonight's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
"I just don't know there's an excuse. And I say this as a father: knock on wood, if I'd lost one of my children, you know, the day of the game, I'm going to have the presence to contact the team and let them know of my situation. And it's got to be something of that magnitude in order for me to miss it," Anthony said. "But even if I missed it, (my team is) going to know I missed it. It's just petty and immature to approach it that way."