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Joakim Noah blames ‘Jane Doe’ for Knicks missing Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose can now go back and focus on basketball and helping out his new team, the New York Knicks, in their quest to return to the playoffs this season.

This comes after the civil rape case filed against him was waived by the jury and he was declared not liable.

Upon hearing the news, his teammate and friend, Joakim Noah, expressed his excitement to have the 2011 MVP back with the team soon. He also gave his thoughts on the lawsuit Rose had to face. Via Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“It’s a blessing to have him come back — it’s great the truth came out. We didn’t have a point guard for all of preseason. All because of a girl who was trying to make money off my friends. … [It] is just wack.”

“[Derrick Rose is] a tough kid but it was definitely a distraction, not just him but the whole team because some girl went out of her way to make money off of him.’’

Noah also added that he knew the case was bothering his teammate even back in the summer.

“We spent a lot of time working out together over the summer. He was in great spirits, but you could tell, having something like that is heavy.’’

Another teammate was delighted to hear that the case was waived and Rose can go back to training as the start of the season is only a week away. Carmelo Anthony had this to say:

“Man, that’s great news. When [he] can just now put that behind him and focus in on the task at hand, getting back in the flow of things, from that standing, we’re excited about that. Just to have him back.

“Me personally I know how hard he was working to get to this point and be here with us. I’m just glad it’s over with. It was an unfortunate situation for both sides.’’

The Knicks traded for the 28-year-old as they believe he is the point guard they need to run their offense. The New York faithful have high hopes for their retooled team and are expecting immediate success from them. With the case now over, the Memphis product can put it all in the past and concentrate on the task at hand.

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