Rich Kleiman Rumors
Approximately 35 minutes before tipoff, Durant’s agent, Rich Kleiman, made a point to wait for Green near the tunnel where he would leave the floor after his pregame warmup. There was a hearty hug and a smile-filled conversation between the two — as good a sign as any that the blood might not be that bad after all.
Kleiman is better known as Kevin Durant’s agent and business partner. He’s the ambitious power broker who once claimed that he will one day run the Knicks. And that wasn’t something he wrote in an essay for his 10th grade English class. He tweeted it last February. (When you’re the agent and business partner for the NBA’s most coveted free agent you’re allowed to have such lofty goals.) “It’s true, I want to run an NBA team one day,” Kleiman said. “But I’m not after Steve Mills’ job.”
He is also a frequent visitor to the Garden’s celebrity suite or Suite 200. That’s the hangout where Dolan grants access and orders exiles for the A-listers. For example, Woody Allen is out. Rich Kleiman is very much in.
The other difference: The Warriors in zero way fear the Knicks in these sweepstakes. Durant may decide to go to New York in July. They know that. The buzz is legitimate. The connections are there. His business manager, Rich Kleiman, is a New York-based Knicks fan with dreams of working in their front office one day. Royal Ivey, perhaps Durant’s best friend, is on David Fizdale’s coaching staff. But in all aspects of basketball success and organizational management, the areas in which the Warriors can control, they are superior.
There’s reason to believe KD will have the Knicks on his radar — as opposed to 2015. Rich Kleiman, born and bred in Manhattan, growing up a diehard Knicks fan, was at the Garden for Friday’s matchup. Kleiman is Durant’s manager/agent. Knicks president Steve Mills and Kleiman go way back. At least the Knicks will be kept in the loop if there’s even a chance.
Monte Poole: Halftime sight: @Warriors CEO Joe Lacob walking away from the floor with his arm around the shoulder of Rich Kleiman, who represents the business interests of one Kevin Durant.
Jordan Schultz: I am both thrilled and honored to join ESPN as an insider/analyst. I will also be fulfilling the role of correspondent for new ESPN+ show, The Boardroom, in collaboration w/EPs Kevin Durant (@Kevin Durant) and @richkleiman’s Thirty Five Media, w/host @RealJayWilliams. More to come… pic.twitter.com/zB7HGiIjIH