Ron Baker: I don’t really believe in players not wanting to go to New York because of Dolan

2020-02-11T16:47:06+00:00 2020-02-13T16:27:58+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

11/Feb/20 16:47

Ron Baker talks to Eurohoops about the New York Knicks and his first experience of EuroLeague basketball with CSKA Moscow.

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CSKA Moscow guard Ron Baker commented on the recent developments that are taking place on the New York Knicks, the team he began his professional career with.

The Knicks were reported to be hiring agent Leon Rose as president and Baker believes it can be the beginning of a new era for the club.

“It looks like they are cleaning house,” Baker told Eurohoops. “Leon Rose is one of the agents I’ve known from the NCAA. I’ve seen he got the president’s job, congrats to him. I’ve known Leon since I got into the league. I think he’s well-equipped and ready to take on a big task.

“He’s gonna get players there eventually. He’s been in the business for years and I think it might be time for them to be up on the rise,” Baker later added.

Baker also talked about the difficulty the Knicks have had to sign top free agents in offseason.

“[James] Dolan didn’t have anything to do with the team when I was there either. He had like a board of directors helping him. I don’t really believe in players not wanting to go to New York because of Dolan. I’m not a big believer in that. New York is the flower of basketball. That’s where basketball has grown the most in the world. I think free agents are attracted there regardless of who the owner is,” Baker said.

Here’s what Baker said about the Knicks and playing in Europe and EuroLeague for the first time in his career.