GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Joakim Noah did some shooting and post-work afterward, but Jeff Hornacek doesn’t expect him to play Saturday night against the Nets.
Hornacek said the odds were “low” of Noah playing after the Knicks’ starting center was limited in practice because of a sore left hamstring. Noah also missed the Knicks’ preseason opener Tuesday in Houston.
“He went through some stuff but I don’t think we want to rush him,” Hornacek said. “We probably would like to see a nice hard practice where it didn’t bother him before we have him play.”
Hornacek remains unsure whether Derrick Rose will return from Los Angeles for the game. Rose was in court Friday for his civil sexual assault trial.
If Rose does fly back, Hornacek said he would give him some minutes. If not, Brandon Jennings likely would start. He could start anyway since Rose has missed the last two practices. Hornacek said Sasha Vujacic, Chasson Randle and Ron Baker are all options to get some minutes at point guard if Rose is out.
When Carmelo Anthony was asked whether he knew if Rose would be back for the game, he said, “I have no idea about what the hell is going on. Certain things I stay out of and that’s one of them.”
Hornacek said he hasn’t talked to Rose since he flew to Los Angeles, but he may speak to him later Friday. Anthony also said he would try to get in touch with him.
“We’ll reach out, just to check on him, see how he’s holding up,” Anthony said. “But for the most part we want him to focus on that because that’s what he has to focus on right now. And when he comes back he’ll be ready to step right in.”