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Ex-Knick Anthony: Rose's actions `beyond unacceptable'

NY Daily NewsSTEFAN BONDY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
In an environment where trust and camaraderie often determine success, Derrick Rose committed a cardinal sin by abandoning his teammates without an explanation Monday night.
That's according to a former Knick and expert in team dynamics - Greg Anthony - who told the Daily News he was shocked by Rose's "beyond unacceptable" decision to freeze out his franchise while flying to Chicago on a game day.
"I don't think there's anything a player could do to damage the dynamic of a team more so than what Derrick did by going AWOL," Anthony, now a TNT and NBATV analyst, told the News. "Like that one to me is beyond unacceptable. It just really is. And it's disappointing because I know Derrick,
I'm a fan of his, I know how hard he's worked to get back, I know how much he loves the game."
Rose was fined by the Knicks but avoided a suspension after returning to practice Tuesday. Phil Jackson, who is technically in charge of doling out such punishments, did not speak with the media.
Rose said a family matter required his attention, and he took an afternoon flight not long before the game to be with his mother - although he declined to elaborate further.
The 28-year-old said he ignored calls from the Knicks because, "I needed that space to myself." Anthony doesn't believe such an explanation is reasonable.
"I just don't know there's an excuse. And I say this as a father: knock on wood, if I'd lost one of my children, you know, the day of the game, I'm going to have the presence to contact the team and let them know of my situation. And it's got to be something of that magnitude in order for me to miss it," said Anthony, who contributed to four seasons as a Knicks point guard and advanced to the 1994 Finals. "But even if I missed it, (my team is) going to know I missed it. It's just petty and immature to approach it that way. And it was just shocking ... because I just couldn't fathom any scenario where he wouldn't - especially with the fact that he was at shootaround - wouldn't be there for his guys. That part was just shocking. Just really shocking that he didn't show up."
Anthony talked to the News to preview Thursday's TNT game (8 p.m.) between the Knicks and Bulls, a matchup he acknowledged gained intrigue with the Rose controversy.
"Listen, athletes are human and they run the realm of emotion just like everybody else. I get all of that. But there's still a level of responsibility that you as a franchise player have to own up to and accept. It's damaging because again, a team is a family. Those guys in the locker room. You still owe it to those guys. And that's going to something that's difficult moving forward because now this is with you," Anthony said.
But Anthony believes the situation is reparable, so long as Rose works for it.
"He's going to have a lot of work to do in terms of relationships he has with those guys," he said. "I mean, look, his teammates are going to want to embrace him and for him to be a part of it. .... There still is going to be some disappointment. And there's going to have to be accountability and earning of the trust for those guys in the locker room."
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