Kevin Durant’s early absence should provide context on Derrick Rose’s situation

NEW YORK — If Knicks fans are looking for some clarity on why Derrick Rose did not play against the Pistons on Thursday, they can look across the bridge to the league’s handling of Nets star Kevin Durant. Rose was first held out of the team’s Tuesday loss to the San Antonio Spurs due to an inconclusive COVID-19 test result. He subsequently returned multiple negative coronavirus tests after that inconclusive test and was later permitted to fly back to New York with his teammates. The league, however, ruled Rose ineligible for Thursday’s matchup against the Pistons, citing COVID-19 health and sa…

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