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NBA News: Phil Jackson ‘not concerned’ with Derrick Rose rape case, thinks Knicks can return to playoff contention if they stay healthy

Phil Jackson not concerned with Derrick Rose rape case

As the upcoming NBA season looms, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson sat down with media to discuss plans for his team, his new lineup and an ongoing rape case trial involving star point guard Derrick Rose.

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Rose, who was charged with a civil sexual battery law suit by an alleged Jane Doe, is due in Los Angeles court this October 4. The accusations are based on a supposed gang-rape in 2013, wherein Rose allegedly had two accomplices. The New York Knicks guard, however, has denied the charges and stands by his word that the sex between himself and Doe was consensual.

Derrick Rose ‘not concerned’ about rape case

According to Jackson, Rose does not seem to be worried about his case either.

“Derrick has expressed that he’s not concerned with it … I mean, he’s quite aware of it. It’s not keeping him up at night. So we’re going with that, OK?” shared the Knick president with media. “We want to put this to rest. There doesn’t need to be a lot of talk about this. Concerns about how our team is going to fit together are some of the biggest priorities for us.”

And it does seem that Jackson is also unfazed by the Rose case sharing “We’re not concerned. We understand this is a serious subject we’re talking about, but this has to be done outside of our control. It’s something we can’t control,” during the press conference.

On a more upbeat and positive note for the New York squad, Jackson is looking forward to a more successful year this season, to hopefully recover from what was a disappointing 2015-16 run. Though a title does not seem to be “likely” for his team, a “healthy” team could lead to at least playoff contention this year.

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“We see this as a team that has the potential of really being a good basketball club,” Jackson said during a preseason news conference Friday. “The only thing that can compete with them being successful or not being successful is the injury factor.”

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