Dysfunctional franchises fill New York. However, the worst run franchise in New York is the Knicks. Starting with the top, James Dolan is a disaster of an owner, and meddles in basketball operations when he has no business doing so. The Knicks have been playing poor basketball for the better part of two decades and have not signed a first round pick to a second contract since Charlie Ward (who was drafted in 1994). They have made the playoffs only six times since 2000 and have advanced past the first round only twice (1999-2000 and 2012-2013). Even after all of these losing seasons, people still want to come work for the Knicks. New Knicks President, Leon Rose, aims to reverse the script and bring winning basketball back to New York.
This century alone, the Knicks have gone through Isiah Thomas, Phil Jackson, and Steve Mills. All of them failed in extreme but different fashions. The savior was supposed to be Jackson, but he was fired only a few days after drafting Frank Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick. The jury is still out on if that was the right pick, but the numbers have not been too favorable so far. Steve Mills took over after Jackson’s dismissal, drafted Kevin Knox at number nine and banked on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving coming to the Knicks. The main question surrounding that was how could anyone expect two of the league’s premier players would willingly join the Knickerbockers.
Who is Leon Rose?
After Mills’s firing a couple weeks ago, the Knicks pulled a Mets move and hired one of the premier agents in the game as their next executive. Leon Rose is now on the other side of the desk for negotiations. As of this past Monday, Rose is officially the new President of the New York Knicks.
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Rose has some connections to some of the NBA’s best players including Chris Paul, Joel Embiid, Devin Booker, and former Knick, Carmelo Anthony. Connections and words do not do it for Knicks fans anymore. They need to start seeing some results on the court.
The Knicks finally have some promising young players in RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson, while Ntilikina and Knox could still turn out to be decent NBA players. Ntilikina is a decent ball handler. However, he may be better suited to the 2-guard so one of Rose’s first moves needs to be acquiring a young, true point guard with good scoring ability. Rose also needs to decide if Mike Miller is the right man to run this team. Ever since Miller took over for David Fizdale, the Knicks have been playing competent basketball. Tom Thibodeau, Jay Wright, and John Calipari have been linked to Knicks head coaching job, but Thibodeau is by far the most likely out those three.
Rose has a lot of work to do to earn the trust and respect of the Knick faithful. He can pen as many letters and statements as he wants. He must bring winning basketball back to Madison Square Garden. Otherwise, Leon Rose will be another failed New York Knicks president.
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