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Derrick Rose Explains Why He Mysteriously Left The Knicks In Middle Of 2016-17 Season

(via FOX Sports)

(via FOX Sports)

It seems like an eternity ago now, but there was a moment back in 2017 when Derrick Rose was the center of media attention -- and not for basketball reasons. In January of that year, midway through his first (and only) season with the Knicks, Rose left the team abruptly and without warning, no-showing a game without so much as a phone call.

Nobody knew that he had decided to go home and, at the time, it was a mystery the entire community was investigating.

Well, in a piece he co-authored with Sam Smith titled “I’ll Show You,” he explained the reasoning behind his disappearance over two years ago.

(via The New York Post)

When I left the Knicks that day in January 2017, that’s what it was about. I just needed to go home.

I went to the crib with my mom. Everybody came over to the house to talk. That’s the first time, one of the few times, where we sat down as a whole family and had a serious discussion like that.

I had decided I was done playing. I saw the same thing that was happening with the Bulls was going on with New York. I could tell that the season wasn’t going to be the season everyone thought, that I thought. I didn’t know if I wanted to hoop anymore. Especially when it started to feel like a business. Of course, you know it’s a business. They always say that. But you know it’s also hoopin’. But it had started to feel like all business, no joy. That’s when I wanted out. I wasn’t having fun.

It was revealed later that Rose was "contemplating" retirement, an idea that seemed ludicrous at the time. Rose all but confirmed it, however, in this autobiography

After dealing with several injuries, and being traded from his hometown team, it must have been tough for him to adjust to the changing landscape.

In the end, he stuck around -- and proved it to be a wise choice. Though he would go on to play for several other teams, his latest stint with the Timberwolves ended up being his best season since his trade from the Bulls. He averaged 18 points, 4 rebounds, became a consistent shooter from the arc and saw him score a career-high 50 points in October.

With the Pistons this upcoming season, he hopes to replicate that success and then some as he begins another chapter of his miraculous comeback story.