CHARLOTTE – The Leon Rose Era is closing in.
According to the New York Times, Rose’s first day will be Sunday. However, indications were the Knicks may not make an official announcement on a weekend day.
On Monday, The Post reported Rose is expected to officially take over sometime next week – with his last major obligation for Creative Artists Agency being the driving force behind client Dwyane Wade’s weekend retirement bash in Miami.
A source said Rose will be running the show sometime in “the first week of March.” Sunday is March 1.
Rose’s final responsibilities for CAA are all but over and he can soon focus on the Knicks’ reclamation project. He is expected to eventually hire a new coach with Tom Thibodeau looming as a lead candidate. The Post reported earlier this month Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy are on his short list.
However, Thibodeau, a former Knicks assistant who has always yearned for a return, could have options, including a return to Philadelphia. Thibodeau was once an assistant to John Lucas in the early 1990s. There’s heavy speculation the Sixers job will open, and they obviously have a much stronger roster than the rebuilding Knicks, who are on pace to miss the playoffs a seventh straight season.
The Knicks fired Steve Mills from the role on Feb. 4 with general manager Scott Perry taking over as acting president. Rose is seeking a new GM, and it will be interesting whether Rose makes a scouting-staff purge once he is officially in command or waits until after June’s draft.
Some NBA executives think Rose could quickly clean house, not wanting the scouting staff to be in a lame-duck situation.
Allan Houston, assistant to the GM, is expected to return. He’s close to James Dolan, Rose and William Wesley, who has worked unofficially for Rose for some time.