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Last week’s Knicks press release quoted new executive VP William Wesley on his “long history with and respect for Jim Dolan.’’ Sources confirm Wesley has been in the Knicks owner’s ear for 15 years, working behind the scenes. As is his custom. A Knicks coach from the Glen Grunwald era verified the influence of “World Wide Wes.” “When we were there, I was told he listened to ‘World Wide Wes’ more than he did Grunwald,” the coach told The Post.
Anthony was represented by Creative Artists Agency, and Mills was reputed to have close ties to CAA. (Wesley, according to a source, served as a chief confidant of Anthony’s during his Knicks stint.) Now CAA is officially running the Knicks with the Leon Rose-Wesley tandem. After Rose agreed to terms in February, The Post quoted a source, stating, “MSG and CAA have been in bed for years. This shouldn’t be surprising.’’
League executives believe Rose has done well in surrounding himself with a strong team of advisors. Dolan, despite the economic crisis from the pandemic, has again shown willingness to shell out money to aid Rose. “Leon doesn’t think he’s the smartest person in the room,’’ one executive said. “He’s surrounding himself with smart people.’’
Two former Knicks blasted the new front office, with Rasheed Wallace calling the hirings of Leon Rose and William Wesley “a brain fart” by the organization and Stephon Marbury labeling Wesley, in particular, a “world wide sucker.” Marbury didn’t get into specifics during his social media rant, but Wallace said the executives carry baggage into their new jobs because of their dealings as agents and won’t have the respect of players because they lack a basketball background.
There's at least one person who hates the addition of William "World Wide Wes" Wesley to the Knicks' front office. Former Knick Stephon Marbury slammed Wesley on Twitter on Thursday afternoon. "Did you really just now bring world wide sucka to the New York Knicks? And I ain't talking about a sucka like the sucka we call a sucka," Marbury said in a video posted to his Twitter account. "Really? You brought this dude here? Why? I'm a real New York Knicks fan. I've been a New York Knicks fan since I was a spit. Come on Dolan, man. You gotta be kidding me, man. You brought this dude here? Really? What's going on, man? There's gotta be an explanation. Not him! Of all people, you bring this dude here? You bring him to NYC? To New York? He don't got no credibility here! Nah."
The Knicks’ hiring of “World Wide Wes,” aka William Wesley, was universally praised on Wednesday as a forward-thinking addition by new team president Leon Rose. One former Knick, however, is against it. Stephon Marbury blasted the move, calling Wesley “world wide sucker,” in a video he posted on Instagram and wrote on Twitter that Wesley is a “kiss a–.”
Stephon Marbury: “C’mon man, c’mon. At New York Knicks, did you really just bring world wide sucker to the New York Knicks. … Really? You brought this dude here? Why? I’m a real New York Knicks fan. I’ve been a New York Knicks fan since I was a [kid]. … C’mon [Jim] Dolan man. You gotta be kidding me, man. You brought this dude here? Really? What’s going on man. There’s gotta be an explanation. Not him. Out of all people, you bring this dude here? You bring him to NYC? To New York? He ain’t got no credibility here. Nah.”
Marbury, 43, says he remains a Knicks fan, which is why he doesn’t like what he’s seeing. “When are we really going to try to win in NY,” he tweeted at the Knicks official account. “The people of NY deserve real New York people leading the way for New Yorkers. These fake kiss a$$ blow up fast cats ain’t going to cut the check other than going into BOA to deposit the check. We sick and tired!”
The New York Knicks are hiring CAA's William Wesley as executive vice president/senior adviser, sources told ESPN. Wesley has been a consultant in the coaching division of CAA for 13 years and has a long professional and personal relationship with new Knicks president Leon Rose.
Chris Iseman: Leon Rose: “We are very excited to announce the hiring of William Wesley, someone that I have known for over 40 years and consider to be family. He is one of the most well-connected and respected people in the basketball community and he will be a...
Mike Vorkunov: Knicks exec William Wesley: “My long history w/ & respect for Jim Dolan & Leon Rose, as well as the chance to be part of the NY Knicks made this an opportunity I wanted to pursue. I look forward to joining the current staff & moving the organization toward a successful future.”
Steve Popper: And the Knicks make the official announcement - adding that TJ Zanin, brother of Frank Zanin, will join the organization as a scout.
The Knicks have hired New Orleans Pelicans scout Alex Kline, a high-ranking team source told SNY. Kline, 26, has been a scout with New Orleans for the past four seasons, with a focus on college scouting. The Athletic reported that Kline will work under Knicks assistant GM Walt Perrin, who will be responsible for college scouting. Kline is well-respected by team personnel from across the league.
Marc Berman: Knicks brass still finishing up their exit interviews on video conference today, per source. Their season didn't officially end until last Thursday afternoon.
However unorthodox, Knicks president Leon Rose has “upgraded’’ his basketball operations staff, according to multiple NBA sources. Rose decided to pick up the option on GM Scott Perry for next season but surprisingly is not expected to retain Perry’s two major scouting hires from 2017 — assistant GM Gerald Madkins and pro player personnel director Harold Ellis.
Perrin and Zanin arrive with multi-year deals, while Perry’s deal is just for next season. Sources indicate that if all goes well, Perry will be in store for an extension next season. That is the case even if he may have made a mistake in bringing aboard Madkins, who has bounced around five teams in nine years.
Zanin essentially takes over for Ellis. Sources said Steve Mills was fired as president after the Kristaps Porzingis trade backfired when the Knicks were unable to use any of their cap space to sign a star player last summer. Sources have indicated Ellis is also taking the fall for that trade which included the disappointing Dennis Smith Jr. In Utah, Perrin is credited for being part of drafting five All-Stars — the latest being Donovan Mitchell. Perrin, according to a source, was instrumental in scoring an early workout with Mitchell even when it was obvious Utah would have to trade up to get him at 13.
Leon Rose continued to reshape the Knicks front office this week by adding Walt Perrin and Frank Zanin as assistant general managers, league sources said. Perrin will be in charge of college scouting and Zanin will oversee pro personnel. Here are notes on both executives...
"He's been operating at a high level with Utah for a long time," one member of an opposing team familiar with Perrin's work said. "This is a really good hire. Really good." Said someone else familiar with the scouting/executive community in the NBA: "He's a really good guy. No nonsense guy." In Utah, Perrin was most recently the VP of Player Personnel. Throughout his 19-year tenure in Utah, Perrin was regularly involved with Jazz drafts.
Zanin has been a scout with the Thunder for the past four years. Like Utah, the Thunder are respected throughout the league for their scouting on the college and pro level under Sam Presti. "If Presti hires you, it says something (about your ability)," one opposing scout said when asked about Zanin. Prior to his stint with Oklahoma City, Zanin worked closely with Billy King in Brooklyn. Zanin was an assistant GM with the Nets and elevated to acting GM after King's dismissal. He stepped down after the Nets hired Sean Marks as general manager. Zanin, who began his career with King in Philadelphia, was described by one opposing scout as a hard worker who doesn't seek the spotlight. During his tenure as acting GM, Zanin was in the spotlight for a brief time -- but not from his own actions.
Perrin’s addition has been well-received after he played a large role in helping Utah have a number of successful drafts over his nearly two decades with the organization. He has earned a reputation as a well-connected and well-liked executive with a keen approach to the draft. Perrin was not the sole voice making picks with the Jazz, but as VP of player personnel, he was an integral part of advising O’Connor and then Dennis Lindsey in a string of draft-night successes. The Jazz were not without their mistakes over the last 19 years (Trey Burke and Dante Exum are two), but the franchise drafted six players who would become All-Stars in that time.
Mike Vorkunov: The Knicks are hiring Frank Zanin as their assistant GM for pro personnel, league sources say. He's a longtime NBA exec who served as the Nets assistant GM until 2016 and has been a Thunder scout the last few years. theathletic.com/1823059/2020/0…
Steve Popper: League source confirms former Nets' assistant GM Frank Zanin is joining Leon Rose's staff - terms still being finalized - sounds like assistant GM/pro personnel. @Mike Vorkunov was first with the news.
Ian Begley: Knicks are adding Frank Zanin to their front office, league sources confirm. NYK president Leon Rose so far has added Utah’s Walt Perrin, CLE’s Brock Aller & retained Scott Perry as his GM. Zanin was last w/OKC & was an assistant GM with Brooklyn. First reported by The Athletic.
Tony Jones: The Jazz won't immediate search for a replacement for Walt Perrin, League Sources tell The Athletic. They will divide his responsibility up in house
Steve Popper: League sources confirm Knicks and Leon Rose are finishing terms with Walt Perrin, who will join the organization as assistant GM. Perrin was Utah Jazz VP of Player Personnel.
Chris Iseman: League sources confirmed the Knicks are adding Walt Perrin to the front office as assistant GM, as @Shams Charania reported. Leon Rose continues to fill out his front office, previously bringing in Brock Aller and bringing back Scott Perry.
Ian Begley: Knicks are expected to hire Jazz VP of Player Personnel Walt Perrin as assistant GM, per league sources. In addition to Perrin, Knicks president Leon Rose has added Brock Aller in a VP role and retained Scott Perry as general manager. The Athletic first reported the Perrin hire.
Charley Rosen, Jackson’s confidant/biographer and his former Albany Patroons assistant, has appeared in two episodes. He’s still worried Jackson’s failed 3 ½-year run as Knicks president has hurt his perception in New York. Rosen said Jackson should never have come out of retirement and taken the position in March 2014. “I told him not to take it because it’s crazy there,’’ Rosen said. “Jeanie [Buss] told him not to take it. If he came there, it would end their relationship 3,000 miles away.”
Leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers wasn’t easy. Brock Aller had been with the organization, at the right hand of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert in some capacity, for 15 years. Aller worked his way up, from liaison and advisor on business and basketball operations to a full-time front office role in 2013-14. First, it was senior director of strategic planning. Most recently, senior director of basketball operations.
But when Knicks president Leon Rose took over in New York, tasked with leading the perennial Eastern Conference doormat back to prominence, Aller was his first call. Rose needed a smart, forward-thinking executive, one with a knack for successful team-building, savvy salary cap management and long-term planning. Rose needed someone he could trust. Their relationship went back years because of Aller’s growing role within the Cavs while Rose ascended the ranks and became one of the league’s most powerful agents -- even representing LeBron James early in his career.
So, when that initial call came in March, Aller did what he’s always done, what led to him being New York’s primary target. He started compiling data. For more than a month, Aller talked with everyone he knew -- players, agents, former staff members, business associates -- trying to figure out whether this was the right move at the right time.
Rose will continue to evaluate the rest of the front office as he puts his imprint on the team. Several executives hired alongside Perry in 2017 are believed to have contracts that run late into this summer, league sources said, allowing him to put off a decision until then, unlike Perry, who had a trigger date coming Friday. But it is not yet known who Rose will keep, which will allow uncertainty about the future of the Knicks front office to linger. He also has to decide on a head coach.
Rose will continue to evaluate the rest of the front office as he puts his imprint on the team. Several executives hired alongside Perry in 2017 are believed to have contracts that run late into this summer, league sources said, allowing him to put off a decision until then, unlike Perry, who had a trigger date coming Friday. But it is not yet known who Rose will keep, which will allow uncertainty about the future of the Knicks front office to linger. He also has to decide on a head coach.
The Leon Rose era will begin with a familiar face as the Knicks have decided to retain Scott Perry as general manager. The Knicks confirmed that Perry will remain with a statement from team president Leon Rose. “Scott is a well-respected basketball executive who I have known for more than 20 years, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him as we look to build a winning team in New York," Rose said.
However, Perry’s long-term future as GM still is not guaranteed with his contract up June 30. The draft is scheduled for June 25 and could remain there if the NBA cancels its season in May. Though Rose is considering keeping Perry, one NBA source told The Post, “The impression is Leon will do his due diligence.’’ An urgency to make a change, though, is lessened because of the new logistics amid the COVID-19 pandemic, especially with New York the nation’s epicenter. “The shutdown may have helped everyone — at least temporarily,’’ one NBA source connected to the Knicks said.
Cleveland Cavaliers senior director of basketball operations Brock Aller will join the New York Knicks front office, a source tells cleveland.com. The deal between Aller and the Knicks isn’t done yet. A few details still need to be worked out, including Aller’s official title. However, it’s expected to be finalized -- and announced -- by early May.
Brock Aller, a longtime fixture for Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, is close to joining president Leon Rose in the Knicks front office as vice president of strategy, according to an NBA source. Aller was financial planner/capologist with Cleveland, but a source said he’ll be “more than a capologist’’ under Rose. However, Aller is not the GM — a basketball-intensive position that remains up in the air.
Frank Isola: The Knicks are moving closer to naming Cavs executive Brock Aller as their new capologist, according to a source. @Stefan Bondy first reported last month that the club was interviewing Aller.
Marc Berman: Knicks and David Blatt will part ways as his consulting agreement has expired, The Post has learned. He leaves on good terms with new president Leon Rose. Was brought in originally by president Steve Mills, former Princeton teammate.
Ian Begley: David Blatt’s consulting agreement with the Knicks has expired, source says, so he’s no longer with the organization. Source said he left on good terms. Blatt was hired by former NYK President Steve Mills.
Steve Popper: David Blatt will not remain on with the Knicks - source confirms @Marc Berman tweet, hired by Steve Mills as a consultant to transition from coaching to front office. Consulting agreement ended.
For now, Leon Rose is proceeding as status quo with an inherited front office in following an unofficial NBA hiring/firing stoppage with the world stopped cold. According to sources, Rose is actively holding scouting meetings with his staff via conference call/video regarding the draft. “I don’t see any teams hiring or firing during this,” one NBA source said. “That’s the sense.”
Leon Rose might look to Philadelphia for his new right-hand man. According to a league source, Elton Brand has been targeted by Rose as a candidate for Knicks GM. Brand, 41, is currently the Sixers GM and is under contract next season, complicating any designs of bringing him to New York. The source said Rose wanted to see if Brand was dismissed after the playoffs.
Rose is also interested in hiring Cavaliers capologist Brock Aller for a front office position, sources told the News. A source said Rose requested and received permission to interview Aller before the coronavirus shutdown.
Whether or not the Knicks play another game this season is out of their control, subject to the veracity of a pandemic’s spread. Regardless, new team president Leon Rose will form his staff and plan for a regime that will begin in earnest in the offseason. To that end, a source told the Daily News that Brock Aller — a capologist with the Cleveland Cavaliers — is a strong candidate to join the Knicks. Aller served as a personal assistant to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert for 10 years before a promotion in 2017 to senior director of basketball operations. According to Gilbert, Aller was “instrumental” in the Cavaliers trade with the Knicks for JR Smith and Iman Shumpert in 2015. At the time, Smith was a client of Rose, the longtime agent at CAA.
Allan Houston, as the Daily News reported, is another strong candidate for a larger role in Rose’s staff. Houston, who is the GM of the Knicks’ G-League team, has been traveling and working more with the players. Rose’s biggest hire for the front office will be the GM.
Ewing, who currently is the head coach of Georgetown's men's basketball program, is not the right guy either, according to Oakley. "I don't deal with Patrick,'' Oakley said. "He was one of the most difficult guys I've played with. I played with Patrick 10 years. He should know me. I should know him. It was a hard 10 years because he's not easy to play with. High maintenance.'' Oakley doesn't see anything changing in New York any time soon either. "It's going to take years," said Oakley. "It's like driving from New York to Texas. It's a long road."
Ewing, who currently is the head coach of Georgetown's men's basketball program, is not the right guy either, according to Oakley. "I don't deal with Patrick,'' Oakley said. "He was one of the most difficult guys I've played with. I played with Patrick 10 years. He should know me. I should know him. It was a hard 10 years because he's not easy to play with. High maintenance.'' Oakley doesn't see anything changing in New York any time soon either. "It's going to take years," said Oakley. "It's like driving from New York to Texas. It's a long road."
With the ongoing split of the Madison Square Garden Company into an entertainment company and a sports company, Andrew Lustgarten will be promoted to president and CEO of the business end of MSG’s sports company, it was announced on Friday morning. Dolan, who has been in the headlines again for his feud with Knicks superfan Spike Lee, will still be executive chairman of the MSG sports company. But Lustgarten’s rise to a bigger role is indicative of him having a stronger voice within the Knicks, Rangers and their other sports operations.
He will also have to make an adjustment from being an agent to the front office, one that can be difficult at times and comes with its own issues. To find out the what that process is like The Athletic spoke to three former agents about what it was like for them. All harped on different parts of the changeover and the differences from one job to another and the stresses that brings. “Your results will dictate how well you’re doing,” Myers said. “I feel like Leon will do very well. He’s seen a lot of different sides of the NBA and will come prepared.”
Rose has already called Myers to chat and seek counsel about what the job is like. Myers is bullish on how Rose will do, expressing an affinity for his former competitor in the agent business and then again from different sides of the industry. “I like Leon,” Myers said. “I think he’s going to do a good job. He had some great questions. He’s got a curiosity. He’s got a humility. It was probably my favorite part. He knows there’s a lot of work ahead of him and he’s OK with that.”

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Mike Vorkunov: Leon Rose thanks coach Mike Miller for his "leadership & professionalism" in his letter to NYK fans. Miller has been asked to coach the team & become its public spokesperson in media vacuum Knicks created. He'll be the one answering questions tonite about Knicks hiring Rose too.
Mike Vorkunov: "Nothing about this is easy, or quick, so I ask for your continued patience," Leon Rose says in letter to fans. "What I promise you in return is that I will be honest...We will develop a plan that makes sense, both to jumpstart our short-term growth & ensure our longterm success"
Mike Vorkunov: Leon Rose thanks coach Mike Miller for his "leadership & professionalism" in his letter to NYK fans. Miller has been asked to coach the team & become its public spokesperson in media vacuum Knicks created. He'll be the one answering questions tonite about Knicks hiring Rose too.
Mike Vorkunov: "Nothing about this is easy, or quick, so I ask for your continued patience," Leon Rose says in letter to fans. "What I promise you in return is that I will be honest...We will develop a plan that makes sense, both to jumpstart our short-term growth & ensure our longterm success"
The Knicks officially have a new team president. The franchise announced on Monday morning that Leon Rose is taking over effective immediately, after weeks of the former agent untangling himself from his role at CAA. “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. I want to thank Jim Dolan for this opportunity.”
According to sources, NBA executives/agents have been told not to bother Rose about Knicks issues until March 1, which is Sunday. The Knicks are expected to make an official announcement on Rose’s hiring as soon as Monday. “Player relations, he’s very big on that,” Anthony said. “Deal-making, very big on that. Communicating. Knowing personnel. He’s been in this game for a long time. He’s represented the best of the best in this game. He knows. He’s made deals. That’s just what he does. He’s good at running his organization and his own business.”
It's been no secret that at some point before the end of the season, Leon Rose is going to become the next man tasked with guiding the Knicks to the long-awaited promised land. "At some point" may be just a few days away. Multiple sources tell SI.com that Rose's position as President of Basketball Operations for the Knicks will be made official either this week or next week, with a press conference likely coming soon thereafter.
Sources also confirmed that Rose was delayed in officially taking the job by his involvement in the Dwayne Wade "L3GACY" celebration this weekend in Miami, as first reported last week by Marc Berman of the New York Post. Rose, of course, is widely credited with helping bring together the "Big Three" of Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh a decade ago.
As Leon Rose prepares for his imminent takeover, Garden constant Allan Houston has emerged as a candidate for a front office promotion, a league source told the Daily News. The former All-Star, 48, is currently the GM of the G-League affiliate in Westchester and has been a Knicks executive since 2008, surviving multiple regime changes while being groomed for a larger role. He also served as the Knicks assistant GM before and during Phil Jackson’s tenure.
While Houston’s future with the organization seems safe, the rest of the front office is mostly in flux. According to a source, the Knicks hoped to hire Grizzlies executive Rich Cho but that’s now off the table. Word is Cho is happy in Memphis, where he serves as the vice president of basketball strategy for a franchise on the rise that features Ja Morant.
According to a source, Craig Robinson, the current Knicks’ vice president of player development, has already had his responsibilities cut. Robinson, who is Michelle Obama’s brother, was hired by his Princeton buddy Steve Mills to oversee a comprehensive player development initiative.
Quentin Richardson, who played 241 games for the Knicks from 2005 to 2009 and one game for the team in 2012-13 before calling it a career, talked about why he believes most players don't want to play for the Knicks. "The new generation, they want to just have their money and enjoy being in the NBA and have fun," Richardson said during an appearance on CBS Sports Radio. "And at times, in New York, it could be the reverse of that. If you're making a lot of money and you're not playing up to whatever their standards, they think they can boo you, they can make it tough for you. And I've seen teammates and different people not want to go out to eat, not want to enjoy the city or enjoy your down time because they're worried about fans talking smack or looking at 'em crazed and all that.
"You have to have a thick skin to be able to deal with that. For me, I was from Chicago, so it never really mattered to me what anybody said. I legit witnessed seeing how it goes. If you're not built for it, you're not built for it." Richardson also said the coverage in the newspapers is a deterrent. "You look in the Daily News, (New York) Post or whatever, they would put people's paychecks and like what their production has been and say 'hey, they made this much money for every point they made,' like 'they ain't doing nothing,'" Richardson explained. "You gotta be able to deal with different things when you go to New York."
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Because of luxury-tax concerns, the feeling around the league is the Pelicans may pass on matching any offer over $20 million per season with rookie lottery-pick point guard Kira Lewis and combo guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker in the fold. The Post reported Ball has the Knicks on his radar. His father, LaVar, had hoped Ball’s youngest brother, LaMelo, would be drafted by the Knicks last November — wanting him to play amid the bright lights of New York City.
The Dallas Mavericks received calls before the March 25 trade deadline regarding backup guard Jalen Brunson, but they were not interested in dealing the ex-Villanova star. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst relayed that news on his Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast (h/t RealGM Wiretap). “By the way, I heard that around the trade deadline the Mavericks got some calls about Jalen Brunson. And it basically like ‘Luka’s obviously untouchable and Jalen is pretty much untouchable. If you’re going to offer LeBron, we’ll listen.’ “He’s being viewed as a foundational core piece going forward.”

Jayson Tatum using inhaler before games

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum said Tuesday night that he is still dealing with the after-effects of contracting for COVID-19 three months ago and has been using an inhaler before games as a means to combat them. “Close,” he said, after scoring 32 points, along with nine rebounds and five assists, in a 116-115 Boston victory in Portland, when asked whether he’s back to 100 percent. “Very close.
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“It’s a process. It takes a long time. I take an inhaler before the game since I’ve tested positive. This has kind of helped with that and opened up my lungs, and, you know, I never took an inhaler before. So that’s something different. “I for sure feel better now than I did a month ago.” He added that he isn’t sure how long he’s going to have to use the inhaler, saying it will be until he feels good enough to play without it. “There’s no exact timetable,” Tatum said. “[It’s] just when I feel comfortable enough and I think I don’t need it.”
Andre Drummond, signed from the buyout market last month, scored just four points on 2-for-7 shooting against the Hornets on Tuesday. This coming a night after the 6-10, 279-pound center scored just three points in a loss to the New York Knicks. “Offensively, this is probably the worst I’ve played in my career,” Drummond said after Tuesday’s game at Spectrum Center in Charlotte. “I’m still trying to figure it out here. I’m not allowing it to take me out of my game. I know why I’m here, which is to help this team defensively. Offensively, it will come for me.”
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