Leon Rose’s decisions push him upward in Knicks’ work

Although Rose spoke on Zoom in a controlled environment as a guest of Mike Breen on the MSG Network, it was a positive segment and indicates that the former superagent is embracing this new vocation.

While Rose’s wife and son organized her virtual background, Rose’s presidency was not smoke and mirrors.

Thursday will mark Rose’s four-month mark at the helm of the Knicks and is growing in work after her previous life as principal agent of the Creative Artists Agency.

The Cherry Hill, New Jersey product created a large and diverse front office, while maintaining Scott Perry as a GM / safety net. Rose is conducting patient coaching research with Tom Thibodeau as the lead candidate, but is maintaining the ability to delete information from 10 other candidates, five with no NBA coaching experience.

Call this movie “Rose’s Eleven”. The new prez wants to hear as many “philosophies” and “mentalities” as possible. There is no competitor other than Chicago, which is also excluded from the Orlando restart, for the candidates. And the Bulls are not bringing Thibodeau back.

Rose said, “For me personally, this is educational. I have to make sure I go through this process by punctuating every ‘I’ and going through every ‘T’ to make the right decision. ”

Knicks owner James Dolan made a bet on Rose, avoiding chasing the league’s proven manager Masai Ujiri, even though he became a free agent after the 2020-21 season.

First, Dolan added Rose because of his player and coaching connections. Dolan is still struggling with the 2010 Rose game of aligning LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. The hope is that Rose will attract agents without curtains, which former President Steve Mills has failed to do.

League officials believe Rose did well to surround herself with a strong team of advisors. Dolan, despite the economic crisis due to the pandemic, has once again shown a willingness to shell out money to help Rose.

“Leon doesn’t think he’s the smartest person in the room,” said one executive. “He surrounds himself with intelligent people.”

It started by stealing Cleveland’s guru and Dan Gilbert’s right arm, Brock Aller. He continued by throwing money into one of the NBA’s most revered university observers in Walter Perrin, Utah, making him an assistant GM. Newcomer Frank Zanin, GM assistant professional scouting, is also highly regarded.

Officially adding William Wesley, Rose’s old friend, should help change the image of Knicks that Dolan believes is necessary to correct.

For the past 13 years, Wesley has been an AAC consultant and has worked closely with Thibodeau, who will have a solid support system if and when he is hired in mid-late July.

“This activity is based on relationships and how you treat people,” said Rose. “It’s based on the characteristics that Wes has. Bringing someone of that stature and character to our organization is something that will benefit us greatly.

“We will work as hard as possible to show people that this is a place you want to be,” added Rose. “We have the largest city in the world, an iconic arena. We just have to create a culture that people want to be part of.”