“What if I told you a dying rose could bloom again in the right garden?” was one of the numerous tweets sent out by fans when it was announced back in July that Derrick Rose would be traded to the New York Knicks.
A fresh start it was – or seemed to be. He is healthy, with flashes of his old MVP self, returning in his new #25 jersey.
But it seems this Rose is in a garden that gives him the sunlight he needs but forgets to water him.
Rose was a no-show for the Knicks’ 110-96 loss to the New York Pelicans on Monday and the team was unsure of his whereabouts. It was a big game of hide-and-seek, and with over 70k+ tweets of curiosity and fear for his well-being from fans and players alike, he became a trending topic on Facebook and Twitter.
Damn hope DRose is good…
— Delon Wright (@delonwright) January 10, 2017
Imagine D Rose just decided that's it and just retires. I wouldn't even be surprised.
— @KGTrashTalk (@KGTrashTalk) January 10, 2017
Lebron last week: We need a point guard. That's my last time saying.
Tonight: Derrick Rose mysteriously goes missing.
— Mr. Ken (@kbinge) January 10, 2017
Teammate from the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks Joakim Noah told reporters Derrick Rose was okay after missing the New York Knicks’ game Monday night, while another report says he’s on his way to Chicago.
Theories began to be put together, but the main one; was it because D.Rose and Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek had been at odds lately? The two got into a disagreement in the fourth quarter when Hornacek played undrafted third string point guard Ron Baker over Rose in their game against the Milwaukee Bucks last Friday. Then, Brandon Jennings was put as the starting point guard against the Pelicans.
It’s a valid theory, but after all, Rose is a professional and that’s not a reason to not show up to work.
Fans took to Twitter to discuss their fear for his mental health. Could it be the glooming long term effects of the multitude of knee injuries that derailed his career in Chicago?
The 28-year old suffered a torn ACL in 2012, the season after he won the league’s MVP. Rose was back to play in the fall of 2013, but just two months into that season he tore the meniscus in his right knee. These injuries are difficult for athletes who make sudden turns and stops, which is basically every play in basketball – especially Rose’s signature first step, that’s lightning speed but also the cause of his first injury. A torn ACL and meniscus tear both require surgery, but recovering from a blown ACL is mentally, physically and emotionally draining. With over half a year of therapy before you’re able to play and the pain endured, you wonder what type of deep-rooted repercussions could build up.
Or how about being traded by your hometown team that drafted you? D.Rose single-handedly revived the Chicago Bulls franchise since the MJ era, and to be traded with a final year left in his contract probably was not ideal. During his press conference in the big apple, “I don’t know why I was traded,” he stated, “but I would like to tell (Bulls) thank you. For real.”
Then, he was being sued by a former girlfriend who accused him of rape.
It’s been a rollercoaster for D.Rose.
However Tuesday morning, the world knew he had gone home to Chicago to be with his mother. Citing a family issue, he missed the game – the only problem with his excuse was that he didn’t tell his team and was unreachable.
Hornacek says the fine was enough punishment for Derrick Rose. Says since it was a family situation, bit more understanding
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) January 11, 2017
Tuesday morning he was fined for his absence and told the media he needed his space and desperately needed to be with his family.
Rose said he didn't want to pick up the phone when Knicks called. He needed his "space."
— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) January 10, 2017
It’s no secret that family, especially his mother and son, mean everything to Rose. He believes he owes everything he has to his family raising him right and protecting him. When his grandma died, it was disclosed that he could not eat for a week.
What's the most important thing in life? To me, it's FAMILY…If you take away the fame & fortune they're the ones that will always be there
— Derrick Rose (@drose) March 7, 2013
At the end of the day, yes the NBA is a business, and Derrick Rose is lucky to play basketball as his career. And at any job, as an employee you are entitled to sick days — but your team can not be left in the dark.
It’s unfortunate that he doesn’t just focus on playing basketball. This game should be his outlet, the court should be his sanctuary and yet he can not even find himself there.
Wednesday morning, NBCSports announced that the New York Knick’s point guard wants to walk away from basketball.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News publicized that things got so bad for Rose that D.Rose contemplated taking an extended absence from basketball. According to two independent sources who spoke directly to the Daily News, they revealed Rose was “such an emotional wreck” Monday afternoon that his only solution was to leave and find solace with his mother and his son in Chicago.
For example, when you’re a teacher, you’re able to take an unpaid sabbatical leave. If Derrick Rose is truly not well mentally and spiritually, he won’t be able to give his best abilities to his team which is unfair to everyone involved. Although he can’t miss a season as part of his contract, taking the proper precautions during the offseason to get healthy.
However, before the Knicks face the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philly Wednesday night, Bleacher Report announced Derrick Rose is seeking a full 5 year, $150+ million max contract this summer.
Everyone on Twitter was like, who’s mans is this?
Rose has been average this season, and by all means, shoot your shot and try to get what you can, especially with the NBA’s cap salary, but the Knicks would need to use nearly all of their cap space to ink Rose to a max contract. And does he really deserve it?
Although the source was someone “close to Rose” – which realistically could be just anyone, no one knows how true it is. But if it were to be true, could Rose subliminally be asking out of the Knicks?
He is playoff-battle-tested and dynamic in the backcourt. If he improves on himself, he could be going to a new team for the 2017-18 season when his contract is up.
We hope he is okay and can focus on playing basketball.