You may know Leon Rose as the agent who represents former first overall pick, Andrea Bargnani. You may also know him as the guy who is now in charge of CAA’s basketball division. What you may not know is that Mr. Rose loves coaching youths from his hometown in basketball.
Leon Rose has been coaching the 14-and-under South Jersey Maccabi basketball team since 2003, and has loved every minute of it. As a former varsity basketball player at Dickinson College, Rose knows what he is doing on the court. In fact, this year, his Maccabi team won the gold medal in the annual worldwide challenge [S.J. sports agent leads kids to championship].
For my non-Jewish readers, this is kind of a big deal. Every year, the Maccabi games are held in a different locale. Young Jews from around the world come to show off their athletic talent at these games. One of the sports played is basketball. Rose’s team, which included his son, Sam, won the gold medal match against Manhattan, New York by a 33 point margin.
The prize for winning the competition (other than gold medals)? Segana Diop had to take the entire team out to dinner, after promising a dinner on the house if they took home gold. I am sure that he treated them to something a little better than McDonalds.