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Rose will rejoin Knicks this week after being cleared of allegations

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Rose will rejoin Knicks this week after being cleared of allegations

BOSTON – The New York Knicks got a bit of good news on Wednesday when a Derrick Rose was cleared of sexual assault allegations in a civil court case.

Rose and two other men were accused of having sex with a woman in August of 2013 when at the time she allegedly was incapacitated.

The alleged victim, referred to as Jane Doe in court proceedings, was seeking more than $21 million in damages. Rose refused to settle the case out of court, electing to go to trial which began on October 4 - his 28th birthday.

There was some concern that the case would drag on for months and thus keep the Knicks’ prized offseason addition from joining the team in time for the start of the season.

But with the case being wrapped up in just a couple of weeks, Rose will likely rejoin his teammates this week.

As far as when he will appear on the floor, Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek indicated that there was no definitive timetable for him to return to the lineup.

But Hornacek and most Knicks fans were pleased with the case now being a thing of the past.

“It’s a tough thing he went through,” Hornacek said. “Now it’s over, he can focus on basketball.”

And Hornacek, in his first season as the Knicks head coach, can turn his attention to figuring out the best way to implement the former league MVP into what the rest of the club has been working on the past couple of weeks in training camp.

“When (Knicks front office officials) put the team together, it was Derrick at the one (point guard), Jo (Noah) at the five (center),” Hornacek said. “Jo’s starting to play now. Even though they’re veteran guys … there’s always chemistry things to work on. Now we get them all back.”

In addition to trading for Rose, the Knicks also signed then-free agent Joakim Noah this summer who was a teammate of Rose in Chicago.

They come to New York and form their own version of a Big Three unit with perennial All-Star Carmelo Anthony. And a fourth member of their starting five, Kristaps Porzingis, showed significant flashes during his rookie season of being a potential difference-maker in this league and a future All-Star.

New York is hoping Noah will not only produce on the floor for them, but also serve as a mentor or sorts for the 7-foot Porzingis.

As for Rose, the biggest concern for him and the Knicks now that his court case is over, has to do with him staying healthy enough to make a significant impact.

With him missing most of training camp, it may take him some time to get on the same page with his teammates and figure exactly what he can do to help them be successful.

But considering the potential fall-out from his court case, chemistry concerns at this point for New York is a welcomed challenge compared to the possibilities.

Clearly, NBA 2K19 is a big fan of Jayson Tatum

Clearly, NBA 2K19 is a big fan of Jayson Tatum

Only two NBA players have had their NBA 2K19 ratings revealed so far: LeBron James and Jayson Tatum.

Despite having just one season under his belt, NBA 2K19 awarded the 20-year-old with an 87-overall.

While James, the cover athlete of the game’s 20th Anniversary Edition, earned a 98-overall, Tatum’s 87-overall is higher than many anticipated and a ten-point jump from his initial rating as a rookie.

Tatum responded to the rating by quote tweeting the eye emojis (on World Emoji Day no less).

Tatum fell short of Rookie of the Year honors, but averaging 18.5 points per game in the playoffs and helping lead the Celtics to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals clearly made an impression on the game developers.

The forward's 87 is the same rating given to 2018 All-Stars such as Bradley Beal and Draymond Green at the end of last season, and higher than All-Stars like Al Horford and Kyle Lowry.

No other Celtics’ ratings have been revealed thus far, but Kyrie Irving, who finished last season at a 93, is likely to be the team’s highest-rated player.

Ratings are revealed periodically up until the game’s early-release date on September 7.

Celtics' process draws praise from Sixers' Brown

Celtics' process draws praise from Sixers' Brown

The Boston Celtics' transformation from contenders to pretenders and back again has drawn the praise of fans and rivals alike.

That praise continued to rain down on Sunday as Brett Brown, coach of the rival 76ers, lauded Boston’s team, Danny Ainge, and company.

“When you’re designing a team, when you’re thinking about the things you have to do from a coaching standpoint, when you’re forward-thinking about matchups, how can you not think about the Boston Celtics?” Brown told the Boston Herald. “I’ve said many times and I’ll say it again, the partnership that Brad (Stevens) and Danny (Ainge) have is fantastic.”

“And for all of my years in Philadelphia, you’re always looking over your shoulder at what Boston is doing. I think in many ways they are a benchmark type of program for me, and I’m always thinking about how ultimately do you beat them.”

While the 76ers exceeded expectations last season, the Celtics eliminated Philadelphia in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

With LeBron James moving west, many feel the race for Eastern Conference supremacy is shaping up to be a battle between the two long-time rivals, both of whom have young cores, for the foreseeable future.