New York Knicks’ head coach Jeff Hornacek said on Wednesday that point guard Derrick Rose will miss the remainder of the preseason. Rose is currently facing a civil sexual assault lawsuit and is standing trial in Los Angeles.
Rose has played in just one of New York’s four preseason games to this point as a result of the trial. Hornacek also said that he doesn’t expect Rose to be back with the team before Friday. The jury is in deliberations over the trial on Wednesday, and a verdict is expected by the end of the week.
He and two friends have been accused of sexually assaulting an ex-girlfriend back in 2013. The accuser is seeking upwards of $21 million in damages, and FOX Business News has reported that the lawsuit may also cost Rose his 13-year, $185 million endorsement with Adidas.
The veteran point guard and former league MVP will likely have just three practices with the Knicks before their regular season-opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers scheduled for next Tuesday. Hornacek has been implementing new sets into the offense during Rose’s absence, which means the point guard will essentially have to take a crash course in order to be ready by Tuesday.
However, Hornacek is confident that Rose will be ready to start against the Cavaliers.
“We’ll have to see how he is, but I would anticipate yes, he probably would [start],” Hornack said, via the New York Post. “If we had no practices or one practice and then we had to play the game, then maybe it would be a different story. But we have three days to practice. He was there at training camp, so he has seen our stuff. I would probably say at this point, if he’s there at all our practices, I probably would start him.”