Derrick Rose done for preseason, will 'probably' start in Knicks' season opener
New York plays the Nets on Thursday, but the guard will not suit up
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose's preseason is over. Rose played in just one exhibition game for his new team, on Oct. 4 against the Houston Rockets, and has since been in Los Angeles for civil sexual assault trial. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Wednesday that Rose won't play in the team's preseason finale on Thursday, regardless of what happens in the trial, per the New York Post's Marc Berman. A verdict in the trial is expected to be reached on Wednesday. The Knicks open the regular season next Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It is unlikely Rose would attend Thursday's game as a spectator. Hornacek said he prefers Rose gets settled and the coaching staff will meet with him Thursday at the team's Tarrytown headquarters. Rose left the team 15 days ago.
Hornacek said he spoke to Rose on Tuesday night after closing arguments.
"We've been talking to him,'' Hornacek said. "That weights on your mind, these things. When it's over, it'll be over. He can move on and focus on basketball. I talked to him last night. He seems OK, just getting through the process. He's itching to play basketball. He knows that has to come first. He understands that.''
Wednesday's preseason match in Boston will be the fourth straight preseason game Rose will have missed. He's also been absent for seven practices. All told, Rose will have one preseason game under his belt entering the opener.
"It would've been nice if he was here and played and got in a rhythm with guys,'' Hornacek said. "We do have some days of practice before the first game. Even after the Cleveland game, we'll have time to do things.''
Last week, Hornacek and star forward Carmelo Anthony seemed surprised that Rose was still in Los Angeles rather than back with the team. They should, however, have been prepared for him to be absent as soon as it became apparent that Rose and his accuser would not reach a settlement.
In Rose's absence, Brandon Jennings has started at point guard for New York. Hornacek told reporters that Rose would "probably" be taking the starting spot back on opening night. Early in the season, though, you can expect the Knicks to be more comfortable when Jennings is on the court.
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