Notwithstanding the New York Knicks’ miserable summer, it has been a pretty rough season for the organization up until this point. As they say, when you’re down, there’s nowhere to go but up. Then again, this is the Knicks we’re talking about here, so it comes to no surprise that this franchise is actually capable of going further beneath rock bottom, even during a time when the team has actually been showing some improvement on the court.

Recently, the Knicks fired team president steve mills in an attempt to shake up a front office that appears to have stagnated of late. As it turns out, he was merely reassigned to a role with the board of directors, which  just sends mixed signals. Nevertheless, some big names popped up as potential replacements for Mills, with no less than Toronto Raptors grand architect Masai Ujiri linked with a move to The Big Apple.

None of this came to fruition, though, with the Knicks opting for a sports agent in Leon Rose. There’s no denying that the renowned 59-year-old agent (formerly represented Carmelo Anthony) holds some promise, but to say that there have been some reservations with regards to his upcoming tenure would be an understatement.

Then out of nowhere, new Knicks consultant Steve Stoute made a rather loud appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” in what seemed like a blatant attempt to establish himself as the new face of the organization’s front office. Among other things, Stoute likened himself to Drake and his role with the Raptors, and he also effectively “fired” interim head coach Mike Miller during the interview. As it turns out, Stoute’s appearance/self-proclamations did not go over well with Knicks brass, with reports stating that Rose was unhappy with how the interview turned out.

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In light of this incident, the Knicks PR team would then release an official statement which pretty much discredited Stoute and everything he had said previously. Unfortunately for Stoute, his time in the limelight may not have lasted as much as he had hoped for. At least for now.

The team’s misery was further compounded by news recently breaking with regards to Worldwide Wes (aka William Wesley, a reputable executive who has worked within and around the NBA for years, and also happens to be Rose’s business partner) and his abrupt decision to no longer join the team’s front office. Wes was expected to be a welcome addition to the franchise, but for reasons unknown, he made a complete U-turn at the 13th hour.

Things have been so bad with the Knicks of late that it almost seems unbelievable. It has pretty much been a circus, and we’ve all got front row seats to the spectacle. It’s a shame that this mess is overshadowing the improved product on the court, though that also has a long way to go before it can truly be taken seriously.