Derrick Rose: 'I Had to Be With My Family'

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The New York Knicks will fine Derrick Rose, but not suspend him for his unexplained and unannounced absence from the team's game Monday night. Rose said he returned to his hometown of Chicago to be with his mother.

"That was a family issue," Rose said. "For one, it had nothing to do with the team or basketball. That's the first time I ever felt like that emotionally and I had to be with my family."

When asked why he didn't tell the Knicks he was returning to Chicago, Rose said, "I just had to get to my family."

“Things happen. Of course that’s not the person I am,” said Rose. “I explained to my teammates. I didn’t want any distractions to the team, especially what we have going on right now, and I apologized to them earlier, just letting them know it will never happen again. This wasn’t me. This never happened to me before, and I explained that to the team and the front office.”

“I haven’t experienced it, but with family issues and concerns, sometimes you got to think about, are you thinking about anything else at that point?” Knicks’ coach Jeff Hornacek said. “Your concern is for your family. He went back. Yeah, we would have loved for him to at least call and tell us that. But it is what it is.”

Team president Phil Jackson declined to comment to reporters on Tuesday. Rose could be back in the lineup Wednesday for the Knicks game against the 76ers in Philadelphia.

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