NEW YORK, , (Pakistan Point News - APP - 10th Jan, 2017 ) - ew York point guard Derrick Rose was a mysterious no-show at Madison Square Garden on Monday, and that was just one of the Knicks' problems in a 110-96 NBA defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Knicks started Brandon Jennings at point guard instead of Rose, the team tweeting only a terse announcement that "Derrick Rose is not with the team." Coach Jeff Hornacek had given no indication of Rose's absence in his pregame press conference.
After the game he tried to deflect questions about the player. "Right now we don't have enough information to really give you anything," Hornacek said. "So that's just going to have to wait until we hear something from Derrick himself." Hornacek refused to be drawn on reports that team staff had been unable to contact Rose. "I'm not going to comment on any of that stuff," he said. "We expect him back, sure. It's just a matter of time. "We want to respect whatever he's going through, and we're just not going to comment on it." Teammate Joakim Noah said he had been in touch with Rose after the game and he was OK. But he shed no real light on Rose's absence, later reported by ESPN to be due to a family matter.