On his first day as Knicks president, Leon Rose spent some time before the game speaking to players and coaches.
Though the team wanted to keep specific details of the conversation in-house, Kevin Knox shed some light on Rose's message to the team.
"He's just here to make us better," Knox said. "He's here to make the team better. He knows we've been through a lot of up and down this year, coaching changes, president changes, a lot of family tradgedies, but he really wants to stick with us. He's going to make sure that we get better, the team gets better."
Rose comes to the Knicks after working at CAA as a player agent, where he represented a group of top players that included Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Joel Embiid and Chris Paul.
"He's been extremely successful throughout his career as an agent," Julius Randle said. "He established great relationships with teams and players. And has done very well for players. Who better to run the show than Leon? He had Melo, a great player here. The success Melo had. The success he's had with all his clients."
Randle sees those relationship-building skills as something that Rose can translate into his new role, even though it's an entirely different venture.
"I think a lot of the battle, especially in the position he is, is having great relationships with players, having a good relationship with players," Randle said. "And in order to do that, I think you have to have a great relationship with other teams as well. So he's coming in as a very well respected individual."
What Rose's hiring means for interim head coach Mike Miller, however, remains unclear. It's been well-documented that Rose has relationships with dozens of coaches around the game, plenty of whom might have interest in coming to Madison Square Garden. Some in the organization would like Miller to have a role with the Knicks next season, regardless of what happens with the head-coaching search.
But all of the speculation is noise to Miller, who continues to focus on finishing out the season strong and developing a young roster.
"I've kind of told you guys before, my approach is always the same," Miller said. "We're here today. We're trying to get better today, we're trying to get ready for this game and I don't need any assurances from anyone as we go through this. I trust the process, I trust what we're doing. I'm perfectly fine working the way we're doing day to day and trying to make the players better and trying to make the team better."