Rose Hopes Unexplained Absence Will Not Affect Knicks Future

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Derrick Rose is hoping his decision to leave New York without explanation doesn’t affect how the Knicks see him in free agency this summer.

The former bulls star left New York before Monday’s game against the Pelicans, returning to Chicago to attend to a family issue.

He returned to New York on Tuesday and apologised to his teammates, coaches, president and GM for his absence.

“When I was in the room I felt like they understood where I was coming from,” Rose, a free agent this summer, said of Knicks management. “I hope one incident didn’t change their minds. Who knows? This is a business and if it was to happen I’m still going to play the way I normally know how to play no matter where I’m at.”

The Knicks have been publicly supportive of Rose in the wake of Monday’s incident.

“Right when I came back, I felt nothing but love,” Rose said. “I apologized to them and like I said, it eases everything when they understand.”



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