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Derrick Rose says family issue was reason for absence

Point guard expected to play Wednesday night

New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose returned to the team's facilities Tuesday after his unexplained absence during Monday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, and said he was taking care of a family issue.

Rose returned to his hometown of Chicago without the team's permission and nobody in the organization knew of his whereabouts when he missed Monday's game. He alerted team officials of his whereabouts following the game.

The Knicks said Tuesday that Rose was fined for his actions.

Rose practiced with the team on Tuesday and fielded questions from reporters. He is expected to play in Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Rose was brief when asked the reason for not showing up to Monday's game.

"It was a family issue," Rose said. "For one, it had nothing to do with the team or basketball."

Rose reportedly went to be with his mom but declined to elaborate.

"That's the first time I ever felt like that emotionally," said Rose, "and I had to be with my family."

Asked why he didn't answer any of the Knicks' calls, Rose said he needed his "space."

New York coach Jeff Hornacek said he wasn't mad at Rose because it was a family issue. However, Hornacek was disappointed Rose didn't contact the team.

Members of the organization are reportedly frustrated that Rose chose to leave the club without providing an explanation beforehand.

Rose was originally listed as a starter against the Pelicans but the team announced shortly before tipoff that he was not with the team. Brandon Jennings started in place of Rose and scored 20 points in the Knicks' 110-96 loss.

"Right now we don't have enough information to really give you anything," Hornacek told reporters after the game. "So that's just going to have to wait until we hear something from Derrick himself. Other than that, if you want to talk about the game, ask away."

Joakim Noah, who played with Rose on the Bulls in Chicago, said after the game that he had been in contact with Rose and that the former MVP was "OK."

Rose has been frustrated with New York's recent struggles and has a deteriorating relationship with Hornacek, according to reports. Rose took issue with Hornacek benching him in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' games against the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers.

The three-time All-Star is averaging 17.3 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds this season.


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