New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose’s career has been many things, but it has never been boring.
The Chicago native rose to prominence with his hometown Bulls, winning the 2011 MVP and leading his team to a 60 win season. Then, things turned tragic when Rose suffered injury after injury, missing multiple seasons. Things seemed to hit rock bottom this past summer when he was ousted from the Bulls and put on trial for sexual assault.
While Rose’s time as a great NBA player is pretty clearly over, the ups and downs of his career are not. His career-long drama continued this past Monday when he unexpectedly didn’t show up to a Knicks game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
It was apparently due to a family emergency which required him to go home to Chicago, but today we are finding out that Rose was considering his retirement from the game of basketball.
It was a family issue,” Rose would explain after turning up at work. “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,
“Rose, according to two independent sources who spoke to the Daily News on the condition of anonymity, was such an emotional wreck Monday afternoon that his only solution was to abruptly leave the Knicks to be with his mother and his son.
“In fact, Rose’s state of mind was such that for a brief time he talked about walking away from basketball for an extended period of time to clear his mind. That seems hard to believe since Rose is only 28 years old and could land a lucrative free agent contract this summer, something he talked about two years ago.”
It’s a shocking revelation from a player still years away from retirement age. While Rose’s body has been ravaged by repeated injuries, he is still only 28, and has managed to consistently stay on the court over the past two seasons.
It’s unclear whether Rose is still considering retirement, or whether his return to the Knicks means that he is back in on basketball.
Rose was fined by the Knicks for his unexpected absence, but there is likely to be no suspension for the incident. The point guard is expected to start tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers.