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Leon Rose's Knicks presidency is still on track to start within the next few weeks. Rose, a player agent, is believed to be finishing up remaining obligations with CAA. Once that is completed, he'll officially take over as New York's top basketball executive.
Since we're still days - weeks? - away from Rose starting, it's too early to concretely state which coaches or executives will be joining Rose's Knicks.
But one name that several opposing execs expect to get consideration is Rich Cho.
Cho, currently an executive with the Memphis Grizzlies, is believed to have a solid relationship with Rose.
That's one reason why those opposing execs see Cho as someone to keep an eye on when it comes to potential additions under Rose.
Cho is the vice president of basketball strategy with the Grizzlies. Cho was previously the general manager in Charlotte for parts of six seasons. He also served as GM in Portland and started his career with the then Seattle SuperSonics, where he rose to assistant GM.
An exec who has worked at the Garden recently described Rose as sharp and incredibly well connected. But the executive also pointed out that who Rose hires underneath him will be crucial to his tenure in New York.
So who Rose brings in to his front office and scouting departments could be nearly as crucial as who he hires as head coach.
In addition to Cho, we know that Rod Strickland is another person to keep an eye on regarding a potential role with Rose's Knicks.
Strickland, one of New York City's top point guards and a 17-year NBA veteran, coached under John Calipari at Memphis and Kentucky. Calipari is close with Rose. Strickland, who also has a relationship with Rose confident William 'World Wide Wes' Wesley, currently is an executive with the NBA's G League.
We know that Wesley won't have a formal role with the Knicks. But it would stun opposing NBA execs if Wesley weren't assisting the Knicks in an unofficial capacity, given his relationship with Rose.
In general, it's also fair to assume that Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau -- coaches with connections to Rose -- will get consideration for the Knicks' head coaching job. It's worth noting that Mark Jackson and Mike Woodson also have connections to Rose.