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John Calipari believes that the new president of the New York Knicks Leon Rose will put the organization on the right path. The veteran NCAA coach is a longtime friend of Rose and he believes in his ability to create a winning culture in the Knicks’ association.

“He’s a gatherer and I believe that’s what the Knicks need right now,” Calipari said Tuesday on a conference call per Forbes. “A gatherer who can bring things together and make it a culture that players want to be in because they know this is about all of us.

And it’s rough place to be. New York is not easy. It’s kind of like Philadelphia, it’s all good if you’re winning. If you’re losing, hard places to be as an athlete. But if you win, if you compete for championships, if you win a championship there’s no better place to do it than in New York. And I think he’s going to bring those people together and you’re going to see…”

The Knicks haven’t won a playoff series since 2001, while they will miss the postseason for 7th time in the row. As a result, Calipari said Rose will need a couple of years to stabilize the organisation and put it on the right track.

“I believe he’s going to do a great job but it’s not going to be in the first month. it may take a year or two for everyone to say, this is the path we’ve been waiting for, this is it.”