As President of the New York Knicks, Leon Rose oversees all basketball operations and personnel for the team.
Mr. Rose was named president on March 2, 2020, following a distinguished career as a basketball agent at CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which represents more than 500 of the world’s best athletes and sports personalities. Ranked as the second most powerful basketball agent on Forbes’ 2019 list of the world’s most powerful sports agents, Mr. Rose oversaw the successful management of some of the biggest names in basketball, working closely with teams across the NBA on client contract negotiations and trades. Over his tenure at CAA he represented some of the NBA’s biggest stars including Carmelo Anthony (10x All-Star), Joel Embiid (3x All-Star), Allen Iverson (Hall of Famer and 2001 NBA MVP), Dwyane Wade (3x NBA champion, 2006 NBA Finals MVP, 13x All-Star), LeBron James (3x NBA Finals MVP, 4x NBA MVP and 16x All-Star), Chris Paul (10x All-Star), Karl-Anthony Towns (2x All-Star) and Devin Booker (2020 All-Star).
In 2010, Mr. Rose and fellow CAA agent Henry Thomas, who at the time represented the Heat’s Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, worked together to bring Wade, Bosh and LeBron James together on the Miami Heat. The team went on to win two consecutive NBA Championships in 2012 and 2013.
Mr. Rose began his career as an attorney at the Camden County Prosecutor’s office in 1988. He then served as a partner of Sherman, Silverstein, Kohl, Rose and Podolsky for 19 years, before joining CAA in 2007.
Early in his sports career, Mr. Rose was a basketball coach for Cherry Hill High School East (1983-86) and Rutgers University/Camden (1986-88). He is a volunteer coach in the J.C.C. Maccabi Games, and was honored with the Lifetime Volunteer Award in 2009 by the South Jersey Jewish Community Center. In 2011 Mr. Rose was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr. Rose graduated from Dickinson College, where he played varsity basketball, and received his J.D. at the Temple University School of Law.
Mr. Rose is married, and he and his wife Donna have two children.