New front office for the New York Knicks next year could change everything

New York Knicks, James Dolan

The New York Knicks need a change.  A change for the better.  With all of the commotion of the trade deadline, the Knicks have begun to make that change.

The Knicks will bring in CAA agent Leon Rose as the team’s next president.  Before that news broke, the organization hired Steve Stoute, a music executive and the founder of the ad agency Translation.  Stoute will help ‘re-brand’ the Knicks.  The team doesn’t need a re-brand.  They’re still one of the biggest names in the league but the way things have been going, anything helps.

With those two exciting hires for the Knicks, there could be one more looming.  Incoming team president, Leon Rose, reportedly wants to bring back one of the most beloved Knick coachesJeff Van Gundy.  While this is just a rumor for now, it would be the best case scenario for the team.

Those three individuals could change the course completely for the New York Knicks.  While it won’t be quick or easy but the organization can’t get any worse.

All three are very well-respected which is something they Knicks haven’t had in a while.  Well, David Fizdale was and still is respected around the league he was a little to buddy-buddy with his players.  He even admitted yesterday his flaws when leading the Knicks.

Rose, Stoute and Van Gundy gained recognition in their own way whether that’s through music, agent-player relationships or coaching.  Whatever it may be the Knicks needs a lot of fresh new voices and these could be them.

Bringing back Van Gundy would take a lot.  There’s always been rumors of him returning to coaching especially to the Knicks but, again, they’re all rumors.  He has one of the best gigs going currently being the lead calling games and he’s very good at it.  The stress of bringing the Knicks back to life would take a pretty penny.  However, Rose and ‘World Wide Wes’ might do whatever it takes.

The New York Knicks Need a New Savior…Again

Mike Miller, Frank Ntilikina

The New York Knicks hit the reset button…again. In a move that continues the pattern of ineptitude that this organization has displayed over the past 20 years, the Knicks relieved team president, Steve Mills, of his duties, leaving yet another void at the top of the organization.

The Same Old New York Knicks

Mills’ tenure was filled with shortcomings and failures. His inability to build a sustainable winner became more evident by the day. Reports suggest that there was discord between Mills and general manager Scott Perry on how to approach tomorrow’s trade deadline. While Perry is in favor of asset acquisition, Mills’ strategy was sloppy. Perry was in favor of trading the valuable pieces the Knicks currently have, like Marcus Morris, for future assets. This is a logical strategy for a team in the Knicks position. However, Mills wanted to keep Marcus Morris and re-sign him this summer. If Mills were good at his job, he’d recognize that the two are not mutually exclusive. There’s nothing that prevents the Knicks from trading Morris for future assets AND re-signing him this summer. Thankfully, the front office found a way to get it done.

Mills was also interested in trading for Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell. This was another flawed idea given the fact that the Knicks could have signed Russell this past offseason. Instead, Mills reportedly offered young assets to acquire Russell. The rumored deal would have sent Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Bobby Portis, Allonzo Trier, and a 2nd round pick to Golden State for Russell. All four of the players the Knicks would have traded are 25 or younger. It is counterproductive to trade young talent during a rebuild. This was yet another example of Mills’ ineptitude.

It’s Still Dolan’s Knicks

Most general managers would likely agree with Perry’s assessment of the team and his strategy heading into the trade deadline. That was a positive sign for Knicks fans to know that Perry at least has a clue. The same could not be said for Mills, who was meddling and preventing interim head coach Mike Miller from using his rotations. Perry will have a lot of work to do in a short period. The rest of this season will be an audition for Perry to keep his job. The likelihood of that is small, given James Dolan’s track record.

Dolan tends to crumble the paper after writing his name. He is notorious for keeping his front office executives and coaches on a very short leash. Over his 20 year tenure as the Knicks owner, Dolan has always opted for the quick fix rather than the proper rebuild. He has told the fanbase that he is not involved in basketball operations and yet he continues to be at the forefront of the Knicks problems. Where Dolan goes from here will make or break this organization going forward.

Who Can Fix The Knicks?

Masai Ujiri, Sam Presti, and Kenny Smith were all been named as potential candidates to take over as president. However, Leon Rose was Dolan’s selection. Both the Warriors and Lakers went that route by hiring Bob Meyers and Rob Pelinka, respectively.

Having James Dolan in charge of picking the next team president was the equivalent of having a 5th grader come up with healthcare reform. Unfortunately, this is the hand we’re dealt with. While Rose has the connections and common sense to approach the rebuild of the team with care, it’s yet to be seen if he can turn this team around after years of disgrace.

New York Knicks exciting 4-game win streak comes to an end

New York Knicks, Elfrid Payton

The New York Knicks came close to extending their win-streak to 5 games last evening.  The Knicks fell to the Atlanta Hawks in double OT, 140-135.

Despite the streak coming to an end, the Knicks made a lot of progress and gave fans excitement.  It appeared like something clicked within the team after the front office parted ways with Steve Mills?  It could be the Steve Mills effect.

Whatever it may be, the Knicks and Mike Miller seemed to figure something out.  They didn’t figure it out entirely but they started down the right path.  Miller had a good combination of veteran and young players lineups that provided a little of everything.

For the most part of the winning streak, the Knicks had to scratch and claw their way back for a comeback victory.  Those comeback wins provided fans with the notion that this is a different Knicks team.

It showed the Knicks resilience and ability to work together as a team.  The Knicks defense and ball movement worked very well and everyone fed off one another.

There was always one player that really stood out each game.  One game it was Julius Randle.  Another Elrid Payton, then Wayne Ellington and Reggie Bullock.  Whoever the hero may have been, the Knicks played like a team and it was exactly what fans needed to see.

After trading Marcus Morris, the offense took a hit.  However, Miller turned a corner with his offensive schemes and defensive aggressiveness.  The players seemed to have bought in, for now.

The Knicks have a few more winnable games coming up.  The ‘dogs’ are trying to make a possible playoff push, only 5.5 games out.

New York Knicks may have found their new team president in Leon Rose

The New York Knicks are finalizing a deal that will make CAA agent Leon Rose the next team president.  This comes as a quick shock for Knicks fans with the trade deadline looming at 3pm today.

Besides this seeming like it was rushed to find the new president, Rose is ‘low-key’ one of the most powerful people in sports.  He represents a lot of superstar players in the association.  For example, Karl Anthony-Towns and Devin Booker.   Some fans already have the thoughts that Rose could lead him to the Knicks.

Rose also is suppose to have a close relationship with D’Angelo Russell’s agent.  Which gets us thinking that the Knicks still could deal for Russell by the deadline.

Along with Rose will come William “World Wide Wes” Wesley.  He, along with Rose, will be in charge of basketball operations looking to turn around the Knicks.

As for now, Scott Perry will still be looking to make some decisions before the deadline.  However, this seems so rushed that Rose could ready to make moves for the Knicks today.

But, this is could be smart move for the New York Knicks.  It was mentioned that Anthony-Towns, Booker and Russell want to team up one day in the league.  Could this president move bring a young big 3 to New York?  Only time will tell.

New York Knicks have parted ways with Steve Mills

New York Knicks, Scott Perry, Steve Mills

The New York Knicks have, finally, parted ways with team president Steve Mills.  The news comes two days before the trade deadline. Scott Perry will take over as interim team president in the mean time.

The Knicks have begun interviewing for the vacant president position, according to Shams Charania.

According to Marc Stein, the New York Knick will target and believe they have an actual shot at Raptors President Masai Ujiri.

Ujiri told people in the past that he’s attracted by the Knicks job, according to an Begley.  But, the Knicks will do continue pursue as he is apparently Dolan’s ‘dream choice’.  However, picks will most likely have to be involved since Ujiri is under contract until next season.

The news of Mills being relieved has Knicks has brought so much excitement to fans.  This has been a long time coming with the performance of this team under Mills’ direction.  Him and Perry weren’t seeing eye-to-eye on the future of the team, according to Marc Berman.

Perry is now in the driver’s seat for this trade deadline.  This will be his shot to either make a playoff push or gain more young assets to build for the future. The Knicks still have to be active this trade deadline if they want to continue to turn around the franchise.

Now, the New York Knicks rebuild has officially begun.  Today is a good day to be a Knicks fan.

Players, not a brand agency, will make the New York Knicks cool again

The New York Knicks are rebuilding is all areas of their organization.  They’re rebuilding their team, coaching staff and now their marketing strategy.

According to the Daily New’s Stefan Bondy, the Knicks have hired Translation.  They’re a brand agency looking to give the team a “media makeover.”  Translation will be looking to make the Knicks brand more fun, exciting and entertaining.

The one thing that really stood out from Translations CEO Steve Stoute was, “Winning cures a lot of problems.  Great marketing and exciting entertainment cure all problems.”  He went onto say that the Knicks and Madison Square Garden are already “iconic” brands.  Stoute also has a good relationship with Knick President Steve Mills, explaining the hire.

If the Knicks and MSG are already “iconic” brands then why is a branding agency necessary here?  Fans are going to still love and support the New York Knicks regardless of their record.  So, trying to re-brand their brand seems unnecessary.

Instead of worrying about the branding and marketing side, the organization needs to focus on players.  Why great marketing and entertainment might help the problem, it’s not going to solve it.  A great marketing campaign is not going to help Knicks players on the court.  That’s on the coaches and players.

Stoute was correct on one part, “Winning cures a lot of problems.”  The Knicks haven’t been doing a lot of winning but constantly sell out the Garden.  That means the brand is strong, no matter what people or Kevin Durant may say.  Durant was on record saying the Knicks were “uncool.”

The Knicks need to turn their concentration on player development instead of branding.  The team could go win-less and the fans will still be there.  The brand will still be strong because they’re in the biggest market with the biggest fans.  The brand is fine, it’s the constructing a competitive team that needs to be the main focus.

New York Knicks not selling at deadline then Mills needs to go

New York Knicks aren’t going to be trading away their ‘assets’ for picks this trade deadline.  It appears like President Steve Mills still has his eye set on going for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.

While it is always good to have optimistic goals for the Knicks, we have to be realistic.  The Knicks don’t have a shot at the playoffs.  They have the second worst record in the conference, 10-28, and are 7 games out of the 8th seed.  Don’t see these “dogs” making noise.

Some teams that have been trying to compete for a playoff spot have been eyeing a few New York Knicks players such as, Marcus Morris and Dennis Smith Jr.  Other players that could be on the market are Bobby Portis, Wayne Ellington and Allonzo Trier.

Reports from SNY’s  Ian Begley were that the Knicks would rather get players as compared to picks.  That is if they were to make trade which it seems like Mills is avoiding.  That may be the one good thing Mills has said this season.  If the Knicks want to compete sometime this decade, they’re going to need young talent with upside.

Getting picks is good but unless it’s a high pick you’re taking a chance and might get lucky.  The Knicks aren’t lucky, if anything they’re cursed.  They aren’t the best at evaluating talent either.  They got lucky getting RJ Barrett.  However, the did hit a home run with Mitchell Robinson.  So if they should make trades, getting back young assets would be considered a win.

Mills has been on the hot seat for years now.  He is more to blame for the last two rosters than Scott Perry, who’s entering in his second year with the team.  But Mill’s relationship with the Knicks owner, it seems changes in the front office are unlikely.  How many embarrassing seasons are the Knicks going to have before their needs to be a major shake-up in the front office?

The New York Knicks can be patient with young players only

The New York Knicks are completely dysfunctional.  The only positive thing that they have going for them is their young players.  The Knicks have a lot of pieces that could put them in the correct spot for the future.

A franchise can’t be good unless they are patient with their players.  The Knicks have been patient with players in recent memory.  For instance, Frank Ntilikina, Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox.  And when they had him, Kristaps Porzingis.

Young players need time to develop.  In time, those players show some competence then a team can have a chance at free agents.  The Knicks were unable to do that last off-season but were able to keep their young assets.

Fans were upset over the Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina selections at the time.  Porzingis blossomed into a superstar and Ntilikina is finally becoming a vital role player for the Knicks, after 3 years.  Recently, the Knicks drafted RJ Barrett.  He’s only 19-years-old and already showing signs that he could be a star for the Knicks down-the-line.

Despite all the turmoil with the front office and coaching, the Knicks are trying to build something.  Robinson, Barrett and Ntilikina continue to grow, on their way to being above-average players.  Kevin Knox continues to need more time but displayed glimpses of his progression over his rookie year, especially in shooting.

The New York Knicks will most likely have another top-5 draft pick next summer.  They’ll have another top pick to develop along with their other projects.  The Knicks will have a lot of young players that could be good, in time.  Patience with player development is needed now.

Also, the Knicks have a lot of veteran players that could be on the trading block.  Marcus Morris, Taj Gibson even Julius Randle.  Trade those players for younger assets and/or picks.  Randle most likely won’t be on the block but if they could get something positive for him, it should be discussed.

After some of the veteran guys are gone, the Knicks must only play the young players.  Then, they’ll have more then enough time to time to develop and get the experience to become something.  This season is rough and most likely next year will be too.  But, it’s something they Knicks have to do.

The future of the Knicks should consist of Barrett, Robinson, Ntilikina, Knox and the upcoming top-5 selection.

New York Knicks have dismissed David Fizdale of his coaching duties

The New York Knicks have relieved David Fizdale of his head coaching role. ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski reports this afternoon.

Not only was Fizdale ousted, assistant coach Keith Smart was also let go.

This comes as now surprise to any Knicks fans.  The Knicks are 4-18 and have the second worst record in the NBA.  Their have been rumblings of firing Fizdale since November.

It all began when Steve Mills and Scott Perry said that ‘the framework has been laid out’ for the firing of coach Fizdale.  In his tenure with the New York Knicks, Fizdale went 21-83 in not even a season and a half.  That is a .201 winning percentage which is the worst in Knick history.

The Knicks were embarrassed in their last two games, losing by a combined 81 points.  At one point last night, the Knicks were down 43 points to the Denver Nuggets.  Boos rained down from the Garden and there were even some ‘Fire Fizdale’ chants.

The team has greatly under-performed and seem to be unmotivated to play for Fizdale despite players saying they back their coach.

Marcus Morris even declined to answer a question regarding the coaching after last night’s home court blowout.

The Knicks will now look to find someone who can motivate this team.  They have more talent than last season but can’t find how to properly execute the correct way on both ends of the floor.  Maybe, the next coach can get it out of these young and veteran players.

The New York Knicks problem is this man, not the ‘head huncho’

The New York Knicks have a lot of problems surrounding the franchise.  Some will say it’s the coaching, the front office, personnel or owner.  It all depends on your view of the team.

A lot of fans will think that the Knicks owner is the problem.  Their argument is very valid.  Players won’t come because of him and how the organization is being run, not wrong.

However, when the New York Knicks parted ways from Phil Jackson in 2017, they forgot someone.  The Knicks should’ve ‘mutually parted’ ways with Steve Mills as well.

‘Cleaning house’ means everyone’s was getting the axe.  Not leave a few executives around just because they may be good friends with the owner.

Mills was suppose to be this ‘talent evaluator’ but that has yet to be seen.  Yes, he got lucky this summer by getting a hopeful future all-star in RJ Barrett.  The year before was Kevin Knox but he has been on the decline after a positive start to this season.  Truthfully, those picks may have been Scott Perry but Mills has the final say.

Since he returned to the Knicks in 2013, the Knicks have had 6 consecutive losing seasons and are on their way for their seventh.

Mills was the one that gave Tim Hardaway Jr. that horrendous contract, 4-year, 71 million to return to New York, after they got rid of him once.  And after he was another gunner for the Knicks, he was dealt in the Kristaps Porzingis trade.  Great singing.

He has had plenty of opportunities to prove himself that he is capable of turning a franchise around even before Jackson.  Mills has failed on that front.  The Knicks haven’t gotten better, in any aspect, they continue to get worse.  There are some pieces for their future like RJ Barrett, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson.  Besides that, everyone is expendable.

Mills making basketball decisions hasn’t panned out since he returned.  He may be good on the business side but when it comes to making on-court decisions, he shouldn’t make the calls.  The Knicks owner fails to see that he is incapable of turning a team around.

The Knicks needs an entirely new front office if they want to turn this around in the next decade.  They really need to clean house and get rid of all the executives, and coach.  Anyone with ties to the team in the last 6, soon to be 7, seasons of losing needs to go, minus Perry.

Thanks to @knickantor for the inspiration.