Derrick Rose hopes going AWOL doesn’t doom his future with Knicks
Derrick Rose expressed hope that his decision to go AWOL earlier this week doesn’t negatively impact his future with the New York Knicks organization.
Rose disappeared without notice ahead of Monday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. He returned to the Knicks Tuesday and was fined $200,000 for skipping out on the team. Rose said upon his return his unexcused absence stemmed from a family issue that required him to travel to Chicago.
As Carmelo Anthony noted when saying Monday’s events created a “scary situation,” Rose apologized to his teammates and coaches ahead of Tuesday’s practice. Rose specifically pointed out his teammates showed him “nothing but love” and that they gave him “room and space to actually think and process everything.”
He also expressed his regrets to president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills. He believes the two had better clarity of the situation after the meeting.
“When I was in the room I felt like they understood where I was coming from,” Rose said before Thursday’s 104-89 win over his former team, the Chicago Bulls, via ESPN. “I hope one incident didn’t change their minds. Who knows? This is a business and if it was to happen I’m still going to play the way I normally know how to play no matter where I’m at.”
Rose is slated to become a free agent July 1, although the Knicks can offer a lesser three-year extension anytime before that date. Nevertheless, Rose still hopes for there’s a future for him in New York.
“It eases everything when the front office knows where you’re coming from and understood,’’ Rose added, via the New York Post.
Ultimately, Rose, who reportedly will seek a max deal in free agency this summer, made it clear he wants to remain with the Knicks. But Rose’s wishes may be immaterial. While the Knicks have supported Rose publicly amid the turmoil, reports indicate the organization remains unhappy with his conduct.
In other words, Rose’s future in New York obviously will depend solely upon what the Knicks organization makes of his desertion — not to mention other variables — not his wishes.