Knicks bounced in preseason opener, trial hangs over Derrick Rose

HOUSTON – The Knicks clearly need all the practice they can get after getting bulldozed in their preseason opener.

The offense was sloppy and disjointed in a 130-103 thrashing Tuesday to the Rockets. The defense was lazy and porous, with few redeeming qualities.

But now the point guard is leaving the Knicks for an undetermined amount of time, flying to L.A. on Wednesday for a civil trial that coincides with multiple practices in New York. He also doesn’t sound eager to settle the $21.5 million lawsuit levied by “Jane Doe,” which means an extended stay on the West Coast as the Knicks push for cohesion and Rose works for exoneration.

“That’s one of the reasons I wanted to take it to court,” Rose said Tuesday, “because I didn’t want to settle.”

“I feel like I didn’t do anything wrong,” he added. “I feel like if I just go up there and tell my side of the story I think I’ll be alright.”

Kristaps Porzingis drains five 3-pointers and scores 22 points in the game.

Kristaps Porzingis drains five 3-pointers and scores 22 points in the game.

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Rose, who celebrated his 28th birthday Tuesday, moved well in his Knicks debut, finishing with 16 points on 7-for-14 shooting with five assists. Kristaps Porzingis saved New York from greater defeat by hitting five 3-pointers and scoring 22 points in 28 minutes. The rest of the Knicks, sans Rose, Porzingis and Joakim Noah (out with hamstring injury), shot a combined 34 percent.

Not a good first effort from Jeff Hornacek and the “Super Team,” as Rose called them.

The deficit was 29 points in the second quarter, then 31 in the third with the starters still in the game. The Rockets, led by James Harden (28 points), drained 20 3-pointers without much resistance. New York couldn’t keep up with Houston coach Mike D’Antoni’s breakneck pace.

About 1,500 miles away in L.A., Rose’s attorneys were selecting the jury for the civil trial – one based around Doe’s accusations that Rose and his two friends raped her more than three years ago.

Carmelo Anthony, Rose and the Knicks get their doors blown off by the Rockets.

Carmelo Anthony, Rose and the Knicks get their doors blown off by the Rockets.

(Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

Rose was excused by the judge from attending jury selection so he could play Tuesday, but the Chicago native plans to be in L.A. on Wednesday and inside the courtroom Thursday. He seems determined to see this through, even with the threat of an open LAPD criminal investigation.

Jeff Hornacek said Rose should stay in L.A. throughout his trial, which is expected to finish by Oct. 14.

“He needs to take care of his business and we’ll deal with the team stuff after that,” Hornacek said. “It’s exhibition season still so we’d rather him take care of that and then come back when that happens.”

The Knicks are off Wednesday and return to practice Thursday and Friday, before hosting the Nets on Saturday and the Wizards on Monday in preseason games. Rose could miss all of those dates if he doesn’t fly back from L.A. before the end of the trial. He is trying to get acclimated to a new team and system, so missing time is less than ideal and potentially disruptive to the Knicks – who dealt with the embarrassment of Derek Fisher missing a preseason practice because of a trip to L.A. last year. But Rose hopes that his openness will ease any angst.

“All the coaches and the front office knows. So as long as they know, my teammates know, I’ve told them too what was going on, keeping them updated. So everybody’s on the same page,” he said. “They’re not worried about me and I wouldn’t want them to worry about me because I’ll be able to handle this.”

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