Knicks' Leon Rose plays it safe with media, Mitchell trade: 'We're thrilled with where we are'




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Leon Rose continues to play it safe.

He's played it safe with the New York media since he arrived - he doesn't meet with them. Instead, he again turned this week to the MSG Network - owned by Knicks governor James Dolan - so he doesn't have to face hard questions or defend decisions.

He also played it safe in the Donovan Mitchell trade talks, not going all-in to get the All-Star out of Utah. Mitchell is now in Cleveland and we will see over the course f the next 12-24 months if playing it safe was the right call. Here's Rose's explanation of the situation in that MSG interview (hat tip Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News).

As every GM does this time of year, Rose said he likes his team and its chances this season.

In the interview, Rose also defended Tom Thibodeau and his decisions as coach, despite rumors of him being on the hot seat.

The Knicks should be better this season with Brunson, plus Barrett should take another step forward. New York's problem is much of the East got better - Cleveland, Atlanta, Washington and others - and this roster likely still leaves the Knicks fighting to make the play-in.

Rose deserves credit for being patient, trying to build culture and foundation, and not just throwing Dolan's money at an aging superstar. He hasn't done anything stupid, which is a step forward in New York. But he also hasn't done anything bold yet, he's just played it safe.

At some point, Rose and the Knicks will have to push their chips in and make a bold, all-in move. But for now, they are playing it safe.

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