The New York Knicks have hired CAA’s William Wesley as executive vice president/senior basketball adviser, the team announced Wednesday.
Wesley has been a consultant in the coaching division of CAA for 13 years and has a long professional and personal relationship with new Knicks president Leon Rose.
Rose and Wesley worked together at CAA and have a history back to their starts in New Jersey.
“My long history with and respect for Jim Dolan and Leon Rose, as well as the chance to be part of the New York Knicks, made this an opportunity I wanted to pursue,” Wesley said in a statement. “I look forward to joining the current staff and moving the organization toward a successful future.”
Known as World Wide Wes in basketball circles, Wesley is considered one of the great connectors and relationship builders in the sport. Wesley joins a front office that includes Rose, general manager Scott Perry and chief strategist Brock Aller.
Rose said in a statement that Wesley is “one of the most well-connected and respected people in the basketball community and he will be a tremendous asset and resource to both myself and the New York Knicks.”
This had been rumored at the time that Rose was hired, but was premature at the time since Wesley was under contract with CAA at the time.
It’s probably a meaningless hire either way. He has worked with Rose for years, so it makes sense Rose would bring a guy with him.
I don’t think it means that the Knicks will starfuck any more than they were already going to starfuck (which could be a lot no matter what).