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Movers and Shakers: Gersson Rosas

Movers and Shakers: Gersson Rosas

Gersson Rosas is the SVP of basketball operations for the New York Knicks and a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion

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Gersson Rosas was named senior vice president of basketball operations in September 2023, entering his second season with the New York Knicks. He began as senior basketball advisor for the Knicks in February 2022.

Rosas served as president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2019 to 2021, where he orchestrated the Timberwolves’ selections in the 2020 NBA draft of Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels.

A strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, Rosas served on the NBA’s global inclusion council and is featured in Microsoft’s legacy project Hispanic and Latinx heritage edition. Rosas takes great pride in his Latino heritage and focuses on creating more opportunities for Latinos.

Rosas spent seventeen seasons with the Houston Rockets, including last five as executive vice president of basketball operations and was involved in all basketball operations matters, including team building, player personnel matters, leading the team in evaluating draft prospects, free agents, and potential trade targets. He also oversaw domestic and international scouting, while also coordinating the team’s player development program.

Rosas served as the general manager of the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2013, becoming the first Latino GM in the history of the NBA, before returning to the Rockets.

During Rosas’s tenure in Houston, the Rockets made the playoffs twelve times, advancing to the Western Conference finals in 2015 and 2018. He played significant roles in the team’s philosophy and roster, including the acquisitions of James Harden and Chris Paul via trades, along with free agent recruitment of Dwight Howard, P.J. Tucker, and Eric Gordon. He played a key role in head coach hires in the NBA (Mike D’Antoni, Kevin McHale) and NBA G League (Chris Finch, Nick Nurse).

Rosas previously served as GM of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers where they won G League Championships in the 2009-2010 and 2012-2013 seasons, while reaching the finals three times in four years.

In August 2015, Rosas was named head scout/international player personnel for USA Basketball’s Men’s National Team, assisting head coach Mike Krzyzewski and staff in their Olympic gold medal winning run, including player personnel matters, analytic processes, and advance scouting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rosas has been an active participant in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program since 2006 and currently serves as the Americas camp director.

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Rosas graduated cum laude from the University of Houston and was recently recognized as a Distinguished SEI Alumnus by the College of Business. He is married to Bri and is the father of twins, Grayson and Giana.

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