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Derrick Rose says he traveled to Chicago to attend to a family matter and didn't answer the Knicks' calls because he needed 'space'

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Derrick Rose returned to the New York Knicks on Tuesday amid a flood of questions about his mysterious absence from the team Monday night.

Speaking to reporters from the team's practice facility, Rose confirmed reports that he traveled to Chicago to attend to a family matter.

Rose didn't elaborate on what the issue was, only saying that it was not basketball-related and he had to be with his mother.

According to reports on Monday, Rose was not given permission to leave the team. The Knicks were reportedly unable to reach Rose and sent someone to his apartment to check on him when he didn't arrive for the game.

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 28: Derrick Rose #25 of the West Team looks on against the East Team during the Boy's McDonald's All American High School Basketball Game on March 28, 2007 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. The West Team won 114-112. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 26: Derrick Rose shows off his Topps trading card during the McDonald's All-American Topps trading card signing session on March 26, 2007 at the Louisville Marriott in Louisville, Kentucky. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Memphis' Derrick Rose (C) competes against Texas-Arlington's Tommy Moffitt (L-R), Trey Parker and Rog'er Guignard during the first half of their first round NCAA men's basketball tournament game in Little Rock, Arkansas March 21, 2008. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES)
Derrick Rose, from the University of Memphis, answers questions during the 2008 NBA Draft media availability session in New York, June 25, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES)
Chicago Bull's Derrick Rose holds up his trophy after winning the Skills Competition at the NBA All-Star basketball weekend in Phoenix, Arizona, February 14, 2009. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES)
Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose squats down at midcourt during the last seconds of fourth quarter of Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, April 27, 2010.REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
U.S. Rudy Gay (L), Derrick Rose (C) and Andre Iguodala (R) celebrate as team mate Kevin Durant scores against Lithuania during their FIBA Basketball World Championship semi-final game in Istanbul, September 11, 2010. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (TURKEY - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose looks for a shot against Toronto Raptors defender Jerryd Bayless (R) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose watches play from the floor after falling against the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter during game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game in Indianapolis April 23, 2011. REUTERS/Brent Smith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
The Chicago Bulls' Kurt Thomas (L) and teammate Derrick Rose celebrate defeating the Indiana Pacers during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game in Chicago, April 26, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (L) hugs Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose after the Heat defeated the Bulls in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball series in Chicago, May 26, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose speaks at a news conference at the Berto Center December 21, 2011. Rose has agreed to a five-year 94.8 million contract extension with the Chicago Bulls. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose (R) tosses the ball in front of Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul (L) after the Bulls turned the ball over during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles December 30, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose reacts against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, April 8, 2012. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Derrick Rose unveils the adidas D Rose 3, his new signature shoe in Chicago, September 13, 2012. REUTERS/BRIAN KERSEY/Adidas/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Aug 1, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA Team Blue guard Derrick Rose (41) shoots the ball during the USA Basketball Showcase at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
NBA Chicago Bulls' basketball player Derrick Rose (front R) poses for a selfie with Chinese fans during a fans meeting event in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
Oct 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) looks to pass in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland won 117-88. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
MILWAUKEE, WI - JANUARY 06: Derrick Rose #25 of the New York Knicks walks onto the court prior to a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center on January 6, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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When pressed why he didn't contact the Knicks to explain his absence, Rose said he didn't answer their calls because he needed "space."

Rose said that he contacted the Knicks later on Monday night, and when he returned on Tuesday, explained his absence to team president Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills. Rose said both accepted his explanation.

Rose also denied reports that his relationship with Jeff Hornacek has "frayed" after being unhappy with his diminishing role.

Hornacek told reporters on Tuesday that he wishes Rose would have contacted the team, but is not disappointed because Rose had to be with family.

The Knicks announced on Tuesday that Rose was fined for the absence and will be "expected to be in uniform" for the team's Wednesday game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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