New York Knicks president steve mills still has the support of owner James Dolan, according to Frank Isola of The Athletic.
The Knicks have been a walking disaster for years and lost out on stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets — the other team in New York — this summer. Despite the team’s recent failures, however, it doesn’t appear Mills is going anywhere.
Mills has been the one constant throughout this historic losing run. He was hired as general manager prior to the 2013-14 season and then replaced Phil Jackson as president two years ago. Under normal circumstances Mills would appear to be in trouble but his boss likes him and believes in him. For now.
“Steve still has the support of Dolan,” said a person familiar with the Knicks thinking. “He knows how to talk to him. Heads of other departments call Steve and ask for his advice on how to deal with Dolan.”
After missing out on Durant and Irving, the Knicks used their cap space on Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis, Elfrid Payton, Wayne Ellington and Reggie Bullock.
Steve Mills, general manager Scott Perry and head coach David Fizdale are hoping these veterans will help and teach RJ Barrett, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier what it takes to win in the NBA.
The Knicks will be more competitive this season, but they don’t appear to have the talent to compete for a playoff spot yet. Most New Yorkers believe the Knickerbockers will always be mediocre under James Dolan.