College football is over, the NFL is winding down, although still very much a headline grabber for every sports media outlet. Very soon all we’ll have left to complain about is “The Orange Is The New Black” in the White House and college/NBA basketball.
Just to get us warmed up, I introduced you all to the newest rising star in the NBA last week, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks (he’s my new NBA man-crush, bare with me).
Transitioning from the fun and exciting to the strange and progressively odd, let’s talk the Knicks’ Derrick Rose. Reportedly, Rose was a no-call-no-show for the Pelicans game a few nights ago, citing “family issues” as the reason he went completely MIA and off the grid for 24 hours.
More reports have surfaced today about the incident, expanding on the details of this emerging story.
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.
Derrick Rose sounds like a troubled young man, you can tell by his body-language and his general depressing demeanor. Family issues are always tough, I would imagine even more amplified for professional athletes, but going completely off the grid with no communication is completely unacceptable behavior for any professional business or sports franchise at any level. The Knicks need to cut/trade Rose or put him on extended leave from the team and let him get his personal life together. The moment that a player talks about “walking away from basketball” at the age of 28, especially a former MVP who’s career has tanked lately due to injury, the sad truth is there’s no way that Rose is mentally stable enough to contribute to a team’s success or even be a decent teammate right now, much less a leader or effective point guard.
It’s hard to remember some times that professional athletes are real people with real emotional problems, Derrick Rose is a tough kid from the projects of Chicago who’s outlet (seemingly) has always been basketball. Since his injury problems and eventual trade from his home town of Chicago to New York, he hasn’t been the same player on the court, and I would imagine it’s finally taken it’s toll on him off the court. Maybe he’s hit the breaking point mentally?
2016 was a tumultuous year for Rose, he was traded from Chicago to New York and basically told by his home town team that they were done waiting on him to recover from his multiple injuries/surgeries, essentially cutting bait of him and making him some one else’s problem. Then there was the very public rape case that he was eventually found not-liable for…..
Have you ever seen a rape case get thrown out that leads into a photo shoot between the defendant and the jurors?!?!? Well, you have now:
Several articles have come out over the last few days concerning this topic, it seems like the media snowball is rolling and picking up steam on the Knicks point guard. I’m sure more details and insight will continue to surface, this may be just the tip of the iceberg. Just for entertainment purposes (and a gag reflex), check out Greg Anthony’s take on the situation here.
Maybe somebody should tell Mr. Anthony to take a seat on this one?