Rose scored 17 points (7-17 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding three rebounds, an assist and a block in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 117-88 loss to the Cavaliers.
The long-time Bull put together a solid line in his Knicks debut, as he took just one less shot than Carmelo Anthony. Rose has experience co-existing with a superstar wing in Chicago, but he wasn't able to average five assists a game playing alongside Jimmy Butler, and his distribution numbers could take a further tumble in New York with Anthony dominating the ball.
Rose missed more than two weeks of preseason work while attending his civil trial in Los Angeles, but he's since been exonerated of the sexual assault allegations and returned to practice with the team over the weekend. While coach Jeff Hornacek admitted that
Rose (personal) returned to practice over the weekend and looks on track to start at point guard in Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Cavaliers, Steve Popper of The Record reports.
Rose had been away from the Knicks for more than two weeks while he attended his civil trial in Los Angeles and will need to regain conditioning, but he's expected to only need a few practices to get back up to speed. While coach Jeff Hornacek could slightly limit Rose's minutes in the opener, the point guard looks poised to reclaim a full-time role before long. The 28-year-old is entering a contract year and has plenty of incentive to play well, but after seeing his efficiency dip dramatically over the last three seasons, he no longer looks like a top-flight point guard.
Rose (personal) has been cleared of all charges related to the alleged sexual assault case he's been tending to in Los Angeles, Al Iannazzone of Newsday Sports reports.
Rose is not subject to any sort of punishment, which means he should be able to return to the Knicks in short order. Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that Rose isn't expected to play in the Knicks' final two preseason games, although it's yet to be determined whether this verdict changes that sentiment. With that said, Rose will need to get his conditioning in order right off the bat, which will ultimately determine if he's able to see any final preseason action prior to the Oct. 25 regular season opener.
Rose remains away from the team while awaiting the verdict in his civil trial in Los Angeles, and coach Jeff Hornacek said the team isn't preparing to have the point guard available as the team wraps up its preseason schedule. Hornacek cited conditioning as a concern for Rose, as well as the psychological impact of the trial, but the team is still expecting him to resume working out in New York on Friday. Brandon Jennings figures to make two more starts in place of Rose, but assuming there's no significant delay in the conclusion of the trial, Rose should be ready to reclaim his spot on the top unit for the Oct. 25 regular-season opener against the Cavaliers.
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