Knicks G Derrick Rose will return to the lineup Wednesday night against the 76ers, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters.
Rose returned to practice Tuesday, one day after an unexcused absence from Monday's loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Hornacek, who said the Knicks fined Rose for leaving the team, said the fine was "hefty" and a big enough punishment for the guard and he will not be suspended.
He left the team without permission prior to Monday's game and told reporters Tuesday that he returned to Chicago because he needed to be with his mother.
The decision to leave the team had nothing to do with basketball, Rose said, adding that there wasn't a rift with head coach Jeff Hornacek.
Hornacek told reporters he wished Rose would've contacted the team when he left, noting that Rose told him the absence had nothing to do with basketball.
Rose, who apologized to the organization and his teammates, said he didn't want to pick up the phone Monday when the Knicks called because he needed his "space."
Knicks president Phil Jackson left the team's practice facility after declining comment on the situation, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.
Communication should have been valued, regardless of whether this meant alerting New York or at least following up when they reached out. This situation screamed dysfunction, which is par for the course when it comes to the Knicks.
From an outside perspective, it's worth hoping that everything is fine with Rose and his family. It's easy to see how such an abrupt departure could play into the team's morale and mentality heading into the Pelicans game.
As it is, the Knicks are free-falling. Anthony Davis stood in the way of them coming away with a victory and there's likely not much Rose's presence would have done to stop that. Still, to create such doubt and concern surrounding his whereabouts had to leave his teammates (not to mention, the organization as a whole) in a rather dark place as they attempted to compete.
When a team is in disarray simply from a basketball standpoint, there's plenty of room to speculate what may be going wrong when answers are not given.
A suspension would seem justified in this case, but the team could really use Rose. Breaking out of this slump would appear more important than taking a stand.
Now it's up to the Knicks to provide their point guard with the necessary support (and perhaps patience) to ensure he's able to give them 100 percent. If Rose can focus on basketball, the rest of his teammates will be able to follow suit.