Leon Rose to Take Over as Knicks President Soon

Rose is a respected and well-connected figure in the game after representing some top players in more than two decades as an agent, including Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and, more recently, Chris Paul, Joel Embiid, Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns. But he has no front-office experience and joins an organization with only six playoff appearances since losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the N.B.A. finals in 1999.

Rose faces a busy first few months in the job, with the Knicks headed for their seventh successive losing season and without a permanent head coach.

The Knicks were 17-40 entering their game on Wednesday night at Charlotte, 13-22 under their interim coach, Mike Miller, which represents a notable improvement on the 4-18 start that led to David Fizdale’s firing on Dec. 6. Rose is nonetheless expected to hire an experienced replacement for Miller at season’s end, with Tom Thibodeau, the former Chicago and Minnesota coach, often mentioned in league coaching circles as a likely target.

Of course, if the Knicks hire Thibodeau, a longtime C.A.A. client, it will only amplify the perception that the franchise has punctuated years of ceding considerable influence to Rose’s former agency by turning to him to run their basketball operations.

Rival teams and agents have long questioned the Knicks for allowing C.A.A. to hold significant sway over team decisions, dating to Anthony’s arrival from Denver by a trade in February 2011.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/sports/basketball/knicks-president-leon-rose.html