A Savior in New York?
I wrote yesterday about how I was elated at the dismissal of Steve Mills, whose gross ineptitude prolonged the suffering of Knicks fans. Today, I’m very optimistic about the future, though I do temper that with a heavy dose of reality. Because the reality is that Jim Dolan is still the owner and Dolan is unpredictable. However, I do know that no one will work for Dolan unless he commits to have zero influence over basketball decisions, which comforts me.
What also comforts me, but also makes me wary, is the news that Leon Rose, the famed CAA agent, is being heavily considered for the available President of Basketball Operations job. On one hand, I’m thrilled about the potential for this new direction for the team. Having a former agent in this role is unconventional, but it’s worked wonders for the Lakers with Rob Pelinka, who was Kobe Bryant’s agent during his career.
However, this advantage could also be a huge disadvantage. Without the proper training, Rose would need a strong group of people around him to handle the areas he knows nothing about. Things like maintenance, equipment and many more areas that fans don’t immediately think about. In order to be a strong President of Basketball Operations, Leon Rose will need a whole network of people to support him, or it’ll be a short tenure for him.
With that in mind, I’d say that I’m cautiously optimistic about Leon Rose potentially working for Jim Dolan. I’m not sure if it’ll work out, because it’s the Knicks we’re talking about, and they’re owned by Jim Dolan, but I feel that it could be the beginning of a new era for the Knicks.