The New York Knicks dropped the fifth of their last seven games Wednesday night, as they were bested by their cross-borough rival the Brooklyn Nets whilst on the road.
Trailing the entire game, Tom Thibodeau’s squad wound up getting absolutely shellacked, as they lost the contest by a final score of 112-85.
Despite a few short-lived runs late in the game and the impressive athletic showing of second-year big man Jericho Sims, who started in place of the injured Mitchell Robinson, overall the Knicks were simply outmatched against the Nets and, while a considerable amount of blame could easily fall on the players, many believe the fault for their putrid play goes much deeper.
Directly following New York’s blowout loss, fans headed to social media to express their thoughts and, frankly, concerns about how the franchise has been performing as of late, and many were seen voicing their frustrations towards one man in particular: Leon Rose.
Knicks Fans Slam Rose
Since taking over as President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks back in March of 2020, a large chunk of the fanbase has trusted and put their faith — arguably blindly — in the former high-profile sports agent to work his magic with his established relationships across the league and, in turn, bring the organization back to relevance after decades of mediocrity.
Through nearly three full years at the helm, all he has to show for his tenure is one postseason appearance, several inflated contracts, a bevy of hoarded picks simply collecting dust, and a slightly north of .500 record of 86-85 that’s currently on a downward trajectory.
As time has passed by, it appears that many are now starting to grow impatient with the inarguably inexperience executive who’s found running the game’s most valuable franchise and, after their latest loss to the Nets, some are already calling for his resignation.
Fire Leon Rose
— Donnie (@DonnieB35) November 10, 2022
Me going to sleep tonight knowing Thibs and Leon Rose days are numbered in New York pic.twitter.com/YDreycGDKt
— KnickTakeJake 💭 (@KnickTake) November 10, 2022
It’s time to fire Leon Rose and Thibs. #NewYorkForever
— John Cavanagh (@CavanaghSju) November 10, 2022
Others are looking back on the “what could have beens” of his tenure, particularly when it comes to his lack of high-profile trades over the past year.