New York Knicks president, Leon Rose, has come to terms with Scott Perry to remain as the team’s general manager for one more year.
According to Steve Popper of Newsday, the New York Knicks President of Basketball Operations, Leon Rose, has decided to keep Scott Perry on as NYK general manager. Even though the GM is a holdover from the previous disaster of an administration, it was advantageous for New York to keep him in his present position.
On Twitter, some Knicks fans were upset, few were happy, and others were ambivalent. Angry people were shocked that Perry was kept because typically, a new executive hires a brand new staff.
Perry has been with the Knicks for three years now. He came on board on July 14, 2017, after Phil Jackson departed the organization on June 28, 2017 (the day right after the 2017 NBA Draft).
Since Perry has been with the team, the results have been a mixed bag. His bad decisions include hiring David Fizdale, trading Kristaps Porzingis, and the terrible construction of the 2019 season. Granted, he didn’t make those calls on his own. Steve Mills was the team president then.
However, some of his positives were drafting Kevin Knox (even if the jury is still out), Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett, and Ignas Brazdeikis. Also, it helps that he found undrafted players such as Allonzo Trier, Kenny Wooten, and Lamar Peters. Last but certainly not least, for the first time within the previous two decades, the New York Knicks have seven first-round draft picks within the next five years, and maintained cap and roster flexibility.
Now we could debate all day and night about whether Perry is a decent GM. But let’s look at some of the factors about why Scott Perry was kept.