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Knicks owner James Dolan backs Leon Rose’s performance as team president

Over the last couple of years, New York Knicks team president Leon Rose has remained under increased scrutiny.

However, team owner James Dolan during an interview with New York City radio station WFAN Friday afternoon, took some of that external pressure off Rose by stating that he believes Rose is the right person for the job.


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“Why did I bring Leon in? I’ve been doing this for like 20-something years and in my experience with the NBA, there’s things you can do as an owner,” Dolan said via ESPN. You can create an environment where everybody, you give them enough money to do their job, give them more money than they need to do their job. You can stay out of the way, which is usually the best course of action.

“But you do end up picking the one guy who’s going to make all the strategy, who’s going to execute for you. I picked Leon because I believe after you look at the NBA and the game that we play, that the team with the best talent wins. You want a guy who can get you the best talent. I believe that Leon Rose is still the best guy.”

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The Knicks have been a title-contending team, but the franchise has moved toward becoming a consistent playoff factor. New York has put together a roster that can compete for postseason action in the Eastern Conference, but that next step forward may be crucial for Rose to prove to Dolan that he’s the right choice to lead the franchise.

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