As for why he didn't answer the Knicks' calls to check up on him, Rose only said that he needed "space." He said he later contacted with the Knicks, told them what happened, and then apologized to the team for his actions upon returning.
Derrick Rose through his career
Derrick Rose through his career
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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While it's unclear what triggered Rose's visit to Chicago, New York Daily News' Frank Isola reported on Tuesday that Rose returned to his hometown an "emotional wreck," and badly needed to see his mother and son.
"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."
The Knicks announced on Tuesday that Rose would be fined for going AWOL, and Jeff Hornacek said on Wednesday that Rose would likely start for the Knicks' next game against the 76ers.
However, reports have indicated that, privately, the Knicks were embarrassed and livid with Rose's lack of communication. With Rose in a contract year, he likely hurt his option for a next contract, which according to ESPN's Ian Begley, he would like to be a max. deal — five years, approximately $150 million.
Obviously, no one can speak to however Rose was feeling on Monday if he needed to return home, and if there was a family matter to attend to. But the pervading feeling is that Rose should have taken the time to communicate his absence to the Knicks. Even with the situation seemingly in the rearview mirror, he likely did not improve his relationship with Knicks' management.