This is a very, very weird one.

New York Knicks star recruit Derrick Rose reportedly failed to show up to the team's scheduled NBA game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden today.

Weirder still, teammates, coaching staff, and team officials apparently have no idea why. Contact with Rose still hadn't been made at the point the game began at around 11:30am Australian time.

Knicks officials, at the very last minute before tip-off, first announced that Rose was "not with the team," and that backup guard Brandon Jennings would be starting the game instead.

But from that point, word began trickling through that Rose had not contacted Knicks officials to explain any potential absence. Adrian Wojnarowski from The Vertical asserted from sources that even Rose's teammates were in the dark.

There is some suggestion that there is major disquiet between Rose and Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek at the moment, stemming from Rose's fourth quarter benching against Milwaukee.

Social media speculation hints at a possible "major" blowout between the pair after the Knicks' Saturday night game against Indiana.

Following the conclusion of the Pelicans game, which New York lost 110-96, Hornacek fronted media questioning and did not shed any light on the situation.

However US media personalities covering the situation as it unfolds have revealed that Rose's teammate Joakim Noah has spoken to Rose and confirmed the 2010-11 league MVP was physically ok.

And, even curiouser still, Frank Isola of the NY Daily News and ESPN is now claiming there are "strong indications" that Rose has left New York City and returned to his home city of Chicago.

The whole situation is, quite plainly, very unusual for top-line professional sports. And Rose's absence is still yet to be formally explained in any way.

The Knicks organisation is yet to make an official public statement on Rose's absence.

More as this story develops.

Source: Twitter.
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