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Knicks reportedly hiring controversial ex-Western Conference executive

James Dolan looking on

The New York Knicks are making a notable (and controversial) addition to their front office.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Wednesday that the Knicks are hiring former Minnesota Timberwolves executive Gersson Rosas as a consultant. Veteran NBA writer Marc Stein adds that Rosas has a close relationship with Knicks president Leon Rose.

The Rosas hire will no doubt spark debate. Just a few months ago, Rosas was abruptly fired as Minnesota’s president of basketball operations after reportedly having an inappropriate relationship with a team employee. There were also allegations that Rosas had supposedly created a toxic environment with the Timberwolves.

Thus, it is surprising to see Rosas land another NBA job so soon. It is even more so since Rosas was the one who succeeded current Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau as the leader of basketball operations in Minnesota. Thibodeau has already had disagreements with the Knicks’ front office this season, so it remains to be seen how he will react now that the team has brought in a guy who once replaced him.

Photo: Jan 4, 2022; New York, New York, USA; Executive Chairman and CEO of Madison Square Garden, James Dolan, walks off the court after the New York Knicks defeated the Indiana Pacers 104-94 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


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