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Knicks hire William Wesley, also known as 'World Wide Wes', as an adviser

The New York Knicks did the impossible Wednesday: They made a hire people didn’t immediately hate. The team brought in William Wesley, also known as “World Wide Wes”, as an adviser, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wesley, 55, is a longtime coaching consultant at CAA. Wesley is close with new Knicks president Leon Rose.

The team announced the news Wednesday. In a statement, Rose called Wesley “one of the most well-connected and respected people in the basketball community.”

Wesley will serve as the team’ executive vice president — senior basketball adviser under Rose.

World Wide Wes’ influences extend outside basketball. He’s one of the few basketball executives to receive a shoutout in a Jay Z song.

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