The New York Knicks fired team president Steve Mills on Tuesday morning.
Shortly thereafter, Marc Berman of The New York Post wrote the following:
With owner James Dolan looking at making various agents as potential presidential candidates, don’t sleep on Kevin Durant’s man, Rich Kleiman, according to NBA sources.
Kleiman, a life-long Knicks fan, is KD's close friend/business partner/agent.
ESPN Sources with @ramonashelburne: Knicks owner Jim Dolan is already considering a front office model that is working with Golden State (Bob Myers) and the Lakers (Rob Pelinka): Hiring a top basketball executive out of the player agent ranks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2020
In late March 2018, he said the following on The Bill Simmons Podcast: "I want to run the Knicks. I really want to run the Knicks. Dead serious ... I want to run the Knicks."
Durant chimed in with: "I think he could run the Knicks better than anybody who has ever run the Knicks."
If Knicks owner James Dolan hires Kleiman, who would the new president target to be the franchise's head coach? Glad you asked. According to Berman:
If Kleiman were to run the Knicks, sources close to him said he’d likely hire former St. John’s star Mark Jackson as head coach. Kleiman has a long relationship with Jackson and, sources said, he believed that Jackson should have been the hire in 2018 when David Fizdale got the gig.
Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors for three seasons from 2011-2014, and was fired after Golden State lost Game 7 of their opening-round playoff series to the Los Angeles Clippers.
He played for the Knicks from 1987 to 1992, and again late in his career.
It would be wild if Kleiman ends up taking over the Knicks less than a year after KD spurned them for the Brooklyn Nets.
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