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Knicks expected Derrick Rose back from rape lawsuit by now, might send coach to Los Angeles

Derrick Rose

FILE - In this June 24, 2016, file photo, New York Knicks’ Derrick Rose speaks during a news conference at Madison Square Garden in New York. Phil Jackson made a risky move when he traded for the injury-prone Rose in June, and now the Knicks face the possibility of their point guard’s involvement in a rape trial in California during his first preseason with the team. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)


The Knicks clearly didn’t know what they got into with Derrick Rose, who’s the defendant in a rape lawsuit.

Judging by the comments of Jeff Hornacek and Carmelo Anthony, it seems they still don’t know how to handle the situation.

Al Iannazzone of Newsday:

The Knicks didn’t anticipate that Derrick Rose would be in Los Angeles as long as he’s been for his sexual assault civil trial and are considering sending an assistant coach there to work with him.
“Our hope was that he would be done on Monday or Tuesday and maybe be back,” Hornacek said after practice Thursday. “It is what it is. He’s got to deal with that. We’ve got to continue to work with our other players, get them to be better.”
“I think it makes it harder ,” Carmelo Anthony said. “But at the same time for him, it should excite him to see kind of what we’re doing without those two guys so far. So I’m pretty sure if I was him, I’d be calling Derrick and telling him, ‘Hurry up. Figure it out and hurry up back.’ Just because the way the team is starting to jell together and come together, the camaraderie we’re starting to create with one another, we don’t want him missing out on that.”

Hornacek and Anthony seem to be under the impression that Rose could’ve settled and still might.

At least for the Knicks, the judge won’t declare a mistrial, which could’ve pushed a new trial into the regular season.