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Knicks’ Derrick Rose Fined For Absence From Team

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New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose said he left the team before Monday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans due to “a family issue” involving his mother. “It had nothing to do with the team or basketball,” Rose said after returning to the Knicks on Tuesday. “That’s the first time I ever felt like that emotionally and I had to be with my family.”

Rose said he left the club without permission shortly after morning shootaround on Monday. He flew to Chicago, his hometown. “I didn’t want any distractions to the team, especially what we have going on right now and I apologized to them, just letting them know it will never happen again,” said Rose, who was fined an undisclosed amount for his absence. “This wasn’t me. This never happened to me before and I explained that to the team and the front office.” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said the organization accepted Rose’s account of the absence. “His explanation with the family is totally understandable,” the coach said.

Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

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Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell Headline All Rookie Team

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Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA’s All-Rookie team. The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Both players helped their teams reach the second round of the playoffs.

Boston’s Jayson Tatum also was selected Tuesday to the first team, falling one vote short of unanimous. Simmons, Mitchell and Tatum are the three finalists for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award.

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Iguodala (Leg) Sits Out Warriors Game 4 Loss

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Though the Golden State Warriors had upgraded Andre Iguodala to questionable from doubtful earlier Tuesday, the veteran missed his team’s 95-92 Game 4 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Iguodala sat out because of a bruise on his lower left leg, suffered when he banged knees with James Harden in Game 3.

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Report: Warriors List Andre Iguodala Doubtful for Game 4

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The Golden State Warriors have listed Andre Iguodala as doubtful for Tuesday’s Game 4 against the Houston Rockets.

Iguodala sustained a left leg contusion when he banged knees with James Harden in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night.

A Warriors source said the bruise got worse overnight, so Iguodala was held out of practice on Monday. The bruise is slightly below the knee.

Iguodala had an X-ray on Monday and it came back clean, but the team still listed him as doubtful Monday evening.

Source: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN

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