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Derrick Rose to play in Knicks preseason opener Tuesday, then fly to L.A. for trial

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Tuesday, the New York Knicks open their preseason in Houston.

Also Tuesday, the $21.5 million civil trial alleging Derrick Rose and two associates raped a woman opens in Los Angeles.

Rose will play for the Knicks Tuesday and at his trial by the time of opening statements, reports Stephan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

Both sides of the Rose trial have tried to sway public opinion with statements and revelations, to the point the judge issued a gag order to quiet things down. There had been rumors of a last-second settlement in the case, but that did not happen, and the jurors for the case are being selected Tuesday. The length of voir dire can vary, however, the trial itself is expected to start Thursday.

It is not known now long Rose will be away from the Knicks.

As a side note, Joakim Noah will be out of the Knicks preseason opener due to a hamstring issue.

Stacey King does not know how to pronounce Giannis Antetokounmpo. Not even close.


It takes a little practice to say Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s name right. The Greek Freak’s name is unusual in Western cultures, and so everyone who has to say it has put in a little practice.

Except, apparently, Bulls color commentator Stacey King. Because this is not even in the ballpark.

I don’t want to knock him because King is an entertaining color guy to listen to — he’s passionate. Yes, a homer for the Bulls, but in a fun way. Plus if you watch the Bulls broadcast you know every once in a while he’s going to do something like this, where he just did not see what was coming.

He’ll get used to it, everyone is going to be saying Antetokounmpo’s name for years to come, this is a player about ready to break out.

Watch Dallas’ Seth Curry go for 20 in Mavericks’ preseason win


We’re going to focus on the positives in Dallas’ preseason win — we’re not going to get into Harrison Barnes‘ 1-of-10 shooting night, coach Rick Carlise said he liked the shots he got, they just didn’t fall.

The positive was Seth Curry, who found his stroke and dropped 20 points on Charlotte, providing some much-needed outside shooting for the Mavericks.

NBA preseason games mean less than a Facebook quiz about which Harry Potter character you are, be careful reading much into this. But if you’re a Mavs fan, it’s a good reason to smile on Tuesday.

PBT Podcast: John Wall’s Wizards, SouthEast Division preview with J. Michael of CSNMidAtlantic

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After a disappointing 41-41 season that had the Wizards home for the playoffs (again), changes came to the nation’s capital. The biggest may have been removing Randy Wittman and bringing in Scott Brooks as coach. Beyond that, the team got younger and more athletic.

But did it get better? J. Michael of CSNMidAtlatnic joined Kurt Helin in this latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast to talk about just that. How does John Wall look coming off two knee surgeries? Can he and Bradley Beal get on the same page? Can Beal and Wall be healthy at the same time? Can the Wizards make the playoffs?

The pair also delves into the rest of the SouthEast Division: Will there be a different Dwight Howard in Atlanta? Just how good are the young Magic? How much will Charlotte miss Jeremy Lin and Al Jefferson? Where is Miami without Chris Bosh?

As always, you can check out the podcast below, or listen and subscribe via iTunes (check there to see all the NBC Sports podcasts), subscribe via the fantastic Stitcher app, check us out on Google play, or check out our new PBT podcast homepage and archive at Audioboom.com.

Kings’ Darren Collison: “I accept the penalty and now it’s time to move forward”

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Point guard Darren Collison will miss the first eight games of the NBA season as he serves a suspension after pleading guilty to a domestic violence case from earlier in the year involving his wife.

Monday after practice, the day before the Kings open up their preseason against the Lakers, Collison spoke to the media and accepted the suspension as the consequence of his actions, and how he wants to move forward. Here is what Collison said, as reported by James Ham of CSNBayArea.com.

“I accept the penalty and now it’s time to move forward, try and focus on the future and do whatever it takes to help my teammates win,” Collison told media members on Monday…

“It was out of my control,” Collison said of the suspension. “Right now it’s just about putting it behind me, you know what I mean. Focusing on my family. Focusing on the team and going from there….

“I know my situation, I know exactly what happened,” Collison said. “From here, you’ve just got to move forward and accept it and just go from there.”

While Collison answered questions, DeMarcus Cousins stood by, then when Collison was finished Cousins came in to support his point guard.

“We all know DC’s an incredible guy,” Cousins said. “It’s unfortunate that he’s going through a situation like this, but he has the support from his family, from his teammates, from the organization to help him get through this and move on from it and we’ll be ready for him when he gets back.”

The Kings will have Ty Lawson and Jordan Farmar handling the point guard duties through the start of the season — and the Kings have a tough schedule up front (six of the eight games are on the road).

The goal in Sacramento is to get through that difficult stretch, count on a bounce from opening their new building, grow comfortable with new coach Dave Joerger’s system, and turn that into a playoff berth. We’ll see if it gets that far, but the eight-game suspension could have been far more, which would have been a significant setback for the Kings.