New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose left the team without permission for Monday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans to deal with what he told teammates as a family issue back in Chicago, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
Rose's absence, which surprised several teammates and temporarily went unaccounted for, could possibly lead to a suspension and may have cost himself long-term job security with the Knicks, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Head coach Jeff Hornacek did not specify why Rose was not with the team for the Knicks' 110-96 loss, even after teammate Courtney Lee said Rose, who has played in 33 of 38 games this season, was at shootaround before the game, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. The Knicks' full statement during the game, according to Deadspin, was, "He's not with the team."
"We're not going to go into it," Hornacek said about Rose's situation after the game, according to Begley. "Everything will become clear later on."
There were teammates, Knicks officials and people close to Rose who could not contact him before the game, according to Wojnarowski, though Rose has since sent texts to friends after the game telling them he is OK, according to The Vertical's Chris Mannix.
"All we can do is hope that he's alright," Lee said to the New York Daily News, "It's probably something that's very serious."
Added Kristaps Porzingis, via the Associated Press: "We don't know what is going on. I hope Derrick is fine. I have zero information about what is going on. So hopefully they tell me something as soon as possible because this is ... weird and everybody is worried."
Brandon Jennings, who scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting in place of Rose, said he found out 40 minutes before the game he would start, whch alerted him.
"Definitely concerned," Jennings told the New York Daily News. "Definitely a situation I've never been in. I just hope everything is alright."