Leon Rose will begin his tenure as president of the New York Knicks on Sunday, March 1, according to an official report from Marc Stein of the New York Times.
Leon Rose will start in his new role as Knicks president March 1 — this Sunday — @NYTSports has learned
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 26, 2020
The Knicks hired Rose, a now former CAA player agent, two days after firing Steve Mills as the team’s president. Mills, who will reportedly join the board of MSG’s new standalone sports company, took over as team president shortly after the team parted ways with former team president Phil Jackson.
Rose represents several notable NBA players, including Joel Embiid, Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns (to name a few). Others of his ilk have been elevated to front-office roles in the recent past, including Bob Myers in Golden State and Rob Pelinka in Los Angeles.
The Knicks have struggled to find any sort of rhythm this season, as their 17-40 overall record can attest. Currently sitting in the 13th position in the Eastern Conference standings, New York is on its way to a seventh consecutive losing season. Whether or not the hiring of Rose will make a difference remains to be seen.
New York will be back in action on Wednesday night, when they’ll face off against the Charlotte Hornets. The Knicks have lost four consecutive games, while Charlotte has lost two straight.