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The NBA has hired two-time NBA champion Malik Rose and veteran NBA front-office member David Booth as vice presidents of basketball operations, the NBA confirmed to The Undefeated. Rose and Booth begin the New York City-based jobs Monday and will report to NBA president Byron Spruell. Among their job responsibilities will be discussing league programs, rules, competitive elements and new initiatives with NBA teams and players. Other job duties include broadening and growing a working relationship with NBA teams under the “respect for the game” rules announced in 2010 that offer players guidelines for permissible reactions to the referees. Moreover, the two African American men will work on all game-focused topics with teams.
“We are excited to be adding two key people with multifaceted skill sets for two key roles at the NBA,” Spruell told The Undefeated. “We believe the NBA and our teams in turn will derive great benefits in drawing on the collective playing, coaching, scouting and front-office experience of Malik and David.” Rose joins the league office following a recent two-year stint as the Detroit Pistons’ assistant general manager. The 13-year NBA veteran was also the general manager of the NBA G League Erie Bayhawks from 2015 to 2018. The Philadelphia native averaged 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 813 games while playing for the Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder from 1996 to 2009, and won NBA championships with the Spurs in 1999 and 2003. The former Drexel University star also earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master’s degree in sports management.
Randle also averages 8.9 rebounds over his four-year career, despite never logging 30-plus minutes per game in any year. “What stands out is his ability to handle the ball and playmake, especially for his position,” Pelicans Director of Player Personnel David Booth said. “He can score on the low block and his rebounding is something we thought would really be able to help us in the future. I think he has different looks to his game. He can get to the basket, pass to other guys. He’s a go-to scorer in the low block, if you need him to do that. He’s also able to guard fours and fives. With the lineups we have with AD, Niko (Mirotic) and Cheick (Diallo), he’ll be able to come in and fit with those guys.”
The Pelicans believe Randle has more room to improve at this early stage of his career, with some of that optimism coming from the work ethic and dedication Randle has already demonstrated. He was a very reliable player for the Lakers, highlighted by playing all 82 games last season, despite being on a team destined for the lottery after an 11-27 start. “He’s very competitive and plays hard,” Booth credited. “A guy we thought could add to our culture and we thought would be great playing next to AD, because of his physicality. His energy level is excellent. He’s a blue-collar guy, a hard worker who you don’t have to question if he’s going to play hard every night. He brings his lunch pail and hard hat every night. That has always stood out to me.”