The New York Post reported on Wednesday that when a car showed up at Rose's suburban Chicago home on Tuesday morning to drive him to the airport for a flight to New York where the show is filmed, no one came to the door. After waiting for a while, an unidentified man finally appeared and said Rose would not be going to New York.
"I overslept," Rose said after Thursday morning's shootaround. "It's nothing big or anything like that that I thought of. You can ask anybody that I worked with: Was I a problem on set or did I have a problem showing up? I always showed up early. I'm sorry I missed it. That's not my character where I 'big time' that type of show.
"If anything, I would love to be on that show. But I overslept, and they put a whole 'nother twist in the story that they heard they were ringing the bell, or somebody came out and said [I] wasn't going in a disrespectful way but it wasn't [anything] like that."
Rose spoke to representatives from the show before Thursday's game.
"I talked to the producer today," Rose said before the game. "Just apologized to him; he said that [he] thought that it really wasn't anything that big and we squashed it … I never thought it would be like that [big of a deal]."
Rose was not sure why he was scheduled to film the show on a day in which he may have had practice. The Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night and were given a day off Tuesday by coach Tom Thibodeau.
"I should have known something was going to come out of it," Rose said. "But if anything, people know I'm not that kind of person, so I know it's nothing big."
The New York Post, citing a source, said Rose's absence disrupted Tuesday's shooting schedule.
"This was very frustrating for the show's cast and crew because the production had been set, the script had been written, and actors including Josh Charles were on standby for him," the source told the paper.
Rose said he would still like to appear on various shows in the future.
"If the timing's right, it would be perfect," he said. "But if it's a little off ... I'm sorry that I missed it, but hopefully I get another chance."
As far as basketball is concerned, did Rose make the right decision for the by not traveling back and forth on his off day?
"We'll see tonight," Rose said with a laugh. "If I play good, it was the right decision. If not, I might as well have just went to New York."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.