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Nothing has changed regarding Leon Rose and the Knicks. He's still expected to be officially named as team president in the near future, and some with the Knicks expect that he will officially take over by early next month.
Marc Stein of the New York Times reported Wednesday that Rose will take over on March 1.
Reports of Rose and the Knicks reaching a tentative agreement for the CAA player agent to become team president emerged on Feb. 6. But there has been no official announcement, leading to some uncertainty among Knicks fans.
Why has there been a delay in an official announcement?
Rose has had to tie up some loose ends in his role as a player agent with CAA. All along, no one with the Knicks expressed any concern over Rose eventually taking over once he finished tying up those loose ends with CAA.
Once Rose starts in an official capacity, he'll have to make decisions on his front office, including which members of the Knicks' current front office will remain with the club going forward.
Rose will also have to hire a head coach.
The odds of Rose elevating interim Mike Miller to a full-time role are slim. Though there are people at the Garden who would like to see Miller remain with the organization next season regardless of what happens with the coaching search.
On the coaching search, as has been noted in the past, Rose has a relationship with Tom Thibodeau.
The ex Bulls and Timberwolves coach is expected to get consideration from Rose for the head-coaching job. Some agents and executives believed that, because or Rose's relationship with Thibodeau, Thibodeau is a favorite for the job.
But that characterization seems premature.
Rose -- and his longtime business partner William 'World Wide Wes' Wesley -- certainly have relationships with dozens of coaches around the NBA and NCAA. Included among that group is former Knick Mark Jackson and ex-Knicks head coaches Mike Woodson and Jeff Van Gundy.
So, as one opposing executive keeping tabs on the process noted, it would be foolish to assume that Rose and the Knicks are locked in only on Thibodeau.
Rod Strickland is another person to keep an eye on regarding a potential role with Rose's Knicks, either in the front office or in coaching capacity.
Strickland, one of New York City's top point guards and a 17-year NBA veteran, coached under John Calipari at Memphis and Kentucky. Calipari is close with Rose. Strickland, who also has a relationship with Wesley, currently is an executive with the NBA's G League.
We know that Wesley won't have a formal role with the Knicks. But it would stun opposing NBA execs if Wesley weren't assisting the Knicks in an unofficial capacity, given his relationship with Rose.
Opposing execs also see Memphis' Rich Cho as someone to keep an eye on when it comes to potential additions under Rose.
Cho is the vice president of basketball strategy with the Grizzlies. He was previously the general manager in Charlotte for parts of six seasons. Some reports have stated that Cho prefers to stay in Memphis.