The New York Knicks have officially announced the hiring of CAA agent Leon Rose as their new president of basketball operations. The franchise will cut back on ceremonial proceedings, choosing not to have a press conference to introduce him.

Via Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic:

“We are pleased to welcome Leon to the New York Knicks as team president, and believe he is the right leader to build a winning organization for our fans,” said team owner James Dolan in a statement. “Leon is one of the most respected executives in professional basketball, with decades of experience successfully working with NBA players and team management in all facets of the game. We are confident he brings the right combination of expertise and relationships to ensure the long-term success of our franchise.”

Rose also gave a few initial words in the press release after being rumored as the next president of the team following the firing/reassigning of Steve Mills.

“New York is the epicenter of basketball and Madison Square Garden has always been very special to me. To be a part of the Knicks revitalization and basketball at The Garden is a challenge and a rare opportunity, one to be cherished, and I will do my utmost to make the fans, the City and ownership proud,” said Rose. “I want to thank Jim Dolan for this opportunity.”

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It’s customary for teams to offer the press a chance to get to know newcomers, especially when it comes to being the head of the front office. Instead, Rose will take to task right away and be present during the Knicks’ home game against the Houston Rockets as the first in his tenure, and he also penned a letter to Knicks fans in lieu of a presser:

For what it’s worth, the Knicks have been under high pressure to turn out a winning product after sacrificing their franchise player in Kristaps Porzingis for a free-agent experiment that fell flat on its face. Rose will be tasked with mending that debacle and potentially finding a head coach to run the team before the start of the 2020-21 season.