Knicks Notes: Rose, Carmelo, Knox, Harkless

Carmelo Anthony, a longtime client of Leon Rose, thinks the Knicks are in good hands with the veteran CAA agent set to take over their basketball operations department, telling Al Iannazzone of Newsday that it’s “an exciting time” for the team.

“I love it,” Anthony said of Rose’s transition from player agent to team executive. “I didn’t understand it at first because it happened so fast. When you’re somebody in that position, that’s the top of the mountain for you. That’s becoming the trend now in the NBA. I think it’s a great situation for him.”

Julius Randle, meanwhile, isn’t specifically a Rose client, but is also represented by CAA and is familiar with the Knicks’ incoming president of basketball operations. Like Anthony, he’s optimistic about what Rose can bring to the franchise, as he tells Marc Berman of The New York Post.

“Leon’s is a well-respected agent who’s done a lot of great things representing players in his career,” Randle said. “I haven’t heard one bad thing about him. My personal relationship with him has always been very respectful. … Great guy, great family guy and well-respected agent. Straight-up guy. He’s a good dude.”

Here’s more on the Knicks and Rose, who is reportedly on track to officially start his new job on Sunday:

  • Despite speculation that Rose’s presence in New York’s front office creates a path for Anthony to eventually finish his career with the Knicks, Carmelo tells Iannazzone that he hasn’t discussed that possibility at all with Rose and isn’t sure a reunion is in the cards. “It’s hard to say because I don’t know what that situation is going to be,” Anthony said. “The easiest thing to say is, ‘His agent is there, he’s coming back.’ Until I sit down and see the whole plan, I don’t know.”
  • Establishing an effective player development program in New York will be one of Rose’s primary goals in his new role, says George Willis of The New York Post.
  • Kevin Knox had one of his worst games of the season on Thursday, scoring a single point in eight minutes of action, going 0-of-3 from the floor and 1-of-4 from the line. Still, the second-year forward is trying to remain positive, as Marc Berman of The New York Post writes.
  • Ian Begley of hears that teams in touch with the Knicks before the trade deadline came away with the impression that New York would be “very hesitant” to trade Knox unless the return was significant. It’s not clear if Knox will continued to be valued so highly by the new management group.
  • Asked on Thursday whether it has been hard to go from a contender (the Clippers) to one of the NBA’s worst teams, Maurice Harkless simply replied, “Yeah” (video link via While Harkless appears frustrated by the Knicks’ six-game losing streak, a report last week indicated that the veteran forward and the team have no plans for a buyout.
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11 thoughts on “Knicks Notes: Rose, Carmelo, Knox, Harkless

  1. Chief Two Hands

    Rose: “I’m known for my connections to the Knicks!”
    The world: “Next.”

  2. mlbnyyfan

    How many more days until the draft lottery so the Knicks get unlucky again. Prediction GS wins the draft lottery and they become great again.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      There are no Zions (or Morants) in the draft this year. All of the 1-4 picks are fairly equal, so winning the lottery means very little unless it’s by a team outside the bottom 4. It’s going to take a lot more than a top draft pick to make the Warriors great again.

      • phillyballers

        Not really. They draft Wiseman. Everyone comes back healthy in 2021.


        Then the veterans a role players roll in again.

        That’s better than everyone else in the West if they still shoot the lights out.

        • Tazza

          Totally agree once they draft a top player they will bounce back to a top 4 team with the Bucks, Lakers and Clippers.

          Plus when it comes to filling out the rest of the rotation they usually make alright decisions. Those 5 guys listed above will start with Looney, Poole, Paschall then maybe sign some names like Kris Dunn, Enes Kanter, James Ennis and then you’ve got a decent rotation.

  3. jkoms57

    Didnt stop LeBaby from trashing his reputation to selfishly promote Rich Paul.

    • If I’m a Blazer I’m asking how quickly can he head there because they don’t need distractions.

  4. Effective player development isn’t about a program. Be an organization with coherent goals, and learn how to evaluate players relative to it. The rest usually falls into to place. Or might as well bring Fizdale back for some more ice cream socials.

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