REPORT: Leon Rose to become Knicks’ new president of basketball operations
Rose recently emerged as the top target to run their basketball operations after Steve Mills was fired from his role as president earlier this week, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne. SNY’s Ian Begley was first to report interest in Rose.
The Knicks have a bevy of candidates lined up to fill in Mills’ vacant spot, including Austin Brown and BJ Armstrong, among other outliers like Kevin Durant’s manager Rich Kleiman and LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul.
Rose, however, has risen as the top candidate to get the job, following the trend of recent agents that have transitioned into successful front office roles.
The first among them was Bob Myers, who spent 14 years as a player agent, including his last five at Wasserman Media Group. He was hired by the Golden State Warriors in 2011 as the assistant to general manager Larry Riley. Myers worked his way up the ladder until the Warriors made him general manager only 12 months later after learning the tricks of the trade from his mentor Riley.
The Los Angeles Lakers tried to follow suit by hiring longtime former agent Rob Pelinka in 2017 to a general manager position after years of representing the late Kobe Bryant, recently giving him the dual-title of president of basketball operations along with his role as GM.
The Knicks are following this model, hoping Rose’s representation of powerful athletes like Joel Embiid, Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Carmelo Anthony brings them some knowledge of how to successfully run a front office along with a new vision after the many years of underachieving.