Leon Rose named next New York Knicks team President
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Leon Rose named next New York Knicks team President

By Tommy Fradenburg

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local | See @tommyfradenburg

The New York Knicks announced long-time agent Leon Rose will fill the position of team president on Monday.

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“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,” owner James Dolan said 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.”

The Knicks also announced they would not hold a press conference to introduce Rose.

Prior to taking over as President, he worked for Creative Artists Agency; where he represented a number of high profile NBA players. Based out of New Jersey, his most recent client list included Chris Paul, Joel Embiid and Victor Oladipo.

“New York is the epicenter of basketball and Madison Square Garden has always been very special to me,” Rose said in a statement. “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.

State of the Team

Rose replaces Steve Mills, who the Knicks fired on February 4 after an era that saw the Knicks go just 117-365. After missing out on the number one overall pick in the draft; and after whiffing on free agents Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in the offseason, New York fans knew R.J. Barrett and company were in for a long year.

Barrett is averaging 13.8 points and five rebounds per game as a rookie. Offensively only the Charlotte Hornets score fewer points per game; while allowing the 11th most points per game. A porous defense paired with a ineffective lineup is a sure way to lose games.

As the regular season approaches its conclusion, the Knicks sit at 14th in the Eastern Conference. At 18-42, only three other teams have fewer wins than New York. In the tank race for James Wiseman, the Knicks have yet another opportunity at the top pick in the NBA lottery.

In a letter to fans, Rose thanked the people for their support of the team but also asked them for something more.

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“Nothing about this is easy or quick so I ask for your continued patience,” Rose wrote. “What I promise you in return is I will be honest and forthright. We will develop a plan that makes sense both to jumpstart our short-term growth and ensure our long-term success. While I realize there have been difficulties on the court, what has been remarkable to me is your pride remains so strong, your loyalty undiminished.”

Rose will be in the building at Madison Square Garden on Monday night as the Knicks host the Houston Rockets. In their most recent action they topped the Chicago Bulls 125-115, ending a six game losing streak. 

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