New York Knicks' Derrick Rose: The saga continues
Jan 7, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) runs for a loose ball in the second half of the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 123-109.Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Rose is back with the New York Knicks and the team was quick to forgive. The point guard won’t receive a suspension for going AWOL.

Why wouldn’t Derrick Rose just send a text? All of this would’ve been different if the New York Knicks point guard had just picked up the phone. Is that so hard?

At least part of the mystery surrounding Rose’s Monday night disappearing act has been solved. It was a family issue. More specifically something with his mother.

The former MVP told Ian Begley of ESPN New York that his absence wasn’t basketball related and he was in fact in Chicago with family as reported by Frank Isola of The New York Daily News.

Maybe that’s why Rose was issued a Charmin-soft punishment by the franchise.

Instead of receiving a suspension, Rose was issued a fine and is expected to suit up Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. If he feels like it.

Per Begley, Rose spoke to President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson and General Manager Steve Mills. No mention of his head coach.

Not that it mattered. Although Jeff Hornacek admitted to wishing his point guard would’ve contacted the team, it looks like he’s giving Rose a pass too.

What a culture Phil Jackson has created. Players think they can just skip town and get away with it. And make no mistake, a fine for a player with a $21 million salary means he got away with it.

Wait, sorry they can fine him almost up to $200,000.

That should put a dent in his future.

The reason for ignoring the phone calls from his employer? Rose needed his “space.”

All the excuses are irrelevant now. The dye has been cast. Rose’s legacy as a Knick is written. All because he couldn’t just send a text.

Rose will play Wednesday night (if he feels like it) on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.