Leon Rose, an N.B.A. agent at Creative Artists Agency, will take over as the Knicks’ team president, a person with knowledge of the team’s plans who was not authorized to discuss them publicly said on Thursday. While Rose does not have experience in basketball operations, he carries a deep well of connections to star players, including Carmelo Anthony as well as LeBron James, in his decades as an agent.
A Knicks spokesman declined to comment initially, however hours later the team released a statement on behalf of its owner, James L. Dolan. “We are actively looking for a brand-new President of the brand-new York Knicks as well as trust to conclude the search as quickly as possible,” Dolan said from the statement. “I am not selling, however I am determined to find the right leader for the Knicks who will ensure the long-term success of the team.”
The Knicks have moved swiftly to replace Steve Mills, whom the team announced was leaving his post on Tuesday, two days before the trade deadline. Rose’s hire will be yet another restart for the franchise, which has often been in flux under Dolan.
from the last 20 years, the Knicks have cycled through several team presidents, including Scott Layden, Isiah Thomas, Donnie Walsh, Phil Jackson as well as Mills. Since 2000, the team has made the playoffs only six times as well as advanced out of the first round twice. The Knicks have particularly fallen short in attracting superstar free agents. The only big-name stars who signed with the team in recent decades were Anthony as well as Amar’e Stoudemire, even though the Knicks play from the country’s largest media market.
The franchise surely hopes in which Rose’s connections with players will change in which. Dolan decided he wanted to move quickly as well as hire a player agent rather than pursue an established team builder like Masai Ujiri, the Toronto Raptors’ team president, one of Dolan’s long desired targets.
Rose can be not the only agent who has been a target for a basketball operations job in recent years. Rob Pelinka, the Los Angeles Lakers’ general manager as well as vice president for basketball operations, once represented Kobe Bryant. Bob Myers, the Golden State Warriors’ general manager as well as president for basketball operations, was also an agent before joining the franchise, although he was able to spend a season learning through his predecessor Larry Riley first. Arn Tellem was one of the most powerful agents from the industry. He was named vice chairman of the Detroit Pistons in 2015 as well as can be a minority owner of the team.
There are less successful examples, as well, such as Lon Babby, who was team president of the Phoenix Suns through 2010 to 2015.
Rose, a native of Cherry Hill, N.J., played basketball at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. He initially set out to be a coach however attended law school at Temple University as a fallback, graduating in 1986. One of his first jobs was as an assistant prosecutor from the Camden County, N.J. prosecutor’s office, during which he also was an assistant coach at Rutgers-Camden. Soon he joined his father’s firm in Philadelphia as well as dived into sports management.
His first foray into N.B.A. representation came from the mid-90s, when he took on Lionel Simmons, a La Salle standout, as a client, followed by Rick Brunson of Temple soon after. His client list grew to include Allen Iverson, Richard Hamilton as well as James. In 2007, Rose’s practice was purchased by C.A.A., a splashy move for the agency, which was looking to gain a foothold in professional sports in addition to its entertainment portfolio. Rose has become a powerful figure behind the scenes from the N.B.A., a league in which individual players hold more sway than in some other professional sports leagues — generating agents an important center of gravity.
Rose will have significant decisions to make as he inherits a franchise in which has not won a championship since 1973 as well as can be likely to miss the N.B.A. playoffs for the seventh straight year. He will have to hire a brand-new coach for next season, run the draft pick process as well as recruit stars to revitalize the fan base. Among players who may be available in which summer: Andre Drummond, Gordon Hayward as well as Anthony Davis.