The Knicks tried to trigger another firestorm on Tuesday, this time sparked by their new brand consultant, who said the team would move away from current interim coach Mike Miller after the season.
In an interview on ESPN's "First Take" early Tuesday, recently hired Steve Stoute – tasked with improving Knick's shaky image – said: "There had to be a change [firing team president Steve Mills], This change will bring a new coach and new coaches that will help develop these younger players. "
He added: "Having a trainer like this one who is big and heavy, so that the media like to talk to him and believe him, I think it's super important."
Hours after the interview went viral, the Knicks released a statement saying that Stoute "does not speak on behalf of the New York Knicks staff and basketball operations."
Stoute, a 49-year-old former well-known music manager, said in the same statement that he "accidentally referred to Knicks staff".
Stoute's first comments came as the Knicks were shaking up their front office.
Before the NBA trading session last week, the Knicks fired Mills, longtime James Dolan confidant who failed in two separate stints with the Knicks.
The Knicks are expected to hire super agent Leon Rose as the next president, while current GM and interim team president Scott Perry is unlikely to remain in the team in the same role this season.
Miller took over for David Fizdale, who was not even fired in the middle of his second season with the team from 4:18 and makes the Knicks play better. Since the former head of the G-League took office, the Knicks have been close to the playoff bubble at 13:19.