New York Knicks: The Hiring Of One Executive Leaves Polarizing Effect

New York Knicks, James Dolan

On June 24th, 2020, the New York Knicks announced Wesley Williams as their new executive vice president/senior basketball adviser. Wesley, who’s a longtime friend of Knicks president Leon Rose and former consultant at Creative Arts Agency, is known for his relationships with star players around the NBA. He also previously worked with top coaching candidate Tom Thibodeau while at Creative Arts Agency.

The Knicks hiring of William Wesley, also known as “World Wide Wes” as the next Executive Vice President, has garnered hot and cold reactions. Two opposite kinds of reactions and the lack of a lukewarm reception of the hiring makes one wonder the real reason for the hiring of William Wesley, leaving such a polarizing effect amongst certain former players and media.

Stephon Marbury’s reaction towards the hiring of the new Knicks Executive Vice President was of disbelief along with anger, and the reaction also seemed personal. Marbury expressed displeasure as a Knick fan; however, he never fully expressed in detail on why he felt the way he expressed about the hire.

Former Knick Rasheed Wallace didn’t sound too optimistic about the Leon Rose and William Wesley hire either. Wallace mentioned possibilities of other agents getting revenge on Leon Rose by spurning opportunities of current NBA stars and potential stars making their way to the Knicks via free agency. Wallace claimed the reason this could happen is due to the possibility of Leon Rose or William Wesley spurning or doing no favors for other agents while in their former positions. Could their past come back to bite them? That remains to be seen.

Wallace said the following on CBS Sports Radio:

“I mean damn, it’s been getting worse. We all think it can’t be no [worse], they’re going to hit rock bottom, but they keep going lower and lower. I’m just a little confused by it all, if you ask me. It’s one thing to have a former agent and agency coming in and giving you their input here and there, but to hire them full time, you’re taking on a lot. Because now, unfortunately [James] Dolan’s taking on their baggage.”

Former Knick Stephon Marbury makes deal to provide New York City with 10 million masks

Former New York Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury is stepping up for his city amidst the Corona Virus spread. The Brooklyn native told the New York Post that he has made a deal with a Chinese mask supplier to provide 10 million N-95 masks for New York doctors, first responders, and other hospital workers.

Marbury, who played for the New York Knicks for 5 seasons from 2003-2009, was born and raised in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn. Marbury said that the idea began to form last week when he learned about how dangerously low the city was on protective equipment and the high prices they were paying for masks. The masks he’s providing will cost $2.75, much cheaper than the $7.50 that the N-95 masks normally cost.

After 15 seasons in the NBA, Marbury played in China where he became a basketball legend. His former team, the Beijing Ducks created a life-sized statue of him after he led them to a championship in 2012.

Clearly, Marbury has connections in China. He used them to help out his hometown. Speaking about the situation, Marbury said,

“At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn… I have family there in Coney Island, a lot of families… who are affected by this, so I know how important it is for people to have masks during this time.”

Marbury has been in touch with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams who said that the masks will be delivered over 5 weeks, 2 million each week.