According to Steve Stoute, the team's new "branding advisor", interim coach Mike Miller will not keep his job as a Knicks coach despite the good results and the yet to be announced hiring of a new president.
In an interview with ESPN's "First Take", Stoute denied being responsible for the dismissal of former team president Steve Mills, but the current coaching squadron was essentially airborne, despite the fact that the franchise's new power structure was not yet in place.
It was so much of the man who was supposed to rename the tattered image of the franchise.
"There had to be a change [firing team president Steve Mills], This change will bring with it a new coach and new coaches that will help develop these younger players, ”said Stoute. "And they have some young players – you see RJ Barrett, Mitch Robinson. You have something to work on. And getting a trainer in there and ultimately finding a trainer and team that will help develop a team. I expect this to happen so that we can actually achieve what you expect from a New York team.
"Having a trainer like this who is big and heavy so that the media would like to speak to him and believe him is very important to me."
Less than a month ago, the Knicks stopped Stoute, a former music manager who claims to be Drake. On Tuesday he started to feel his presence.
Stoute, known for making Mary J. Blige and Nas famous names, spoke a big game about making the Knicks an attractive target for star players and insisted that he would have a "loud voice" within the organization , Not loud enough to fire the lounger.
An NBA source told The Post that Stoute has no say in these top-level decisions. However, his recommendation is unmistakable in relation to the coaching situation. At this point, the Knicks have not yet announced that they will hire CAA super agent Leon Rose to replace Mills, although there are expectations that he will do it. General Manager Scott Perry's status remains uncertain.
The Knicks later published one Explanation On Tuesday, he said that Stoute "does not speak for New York Knicks personnel and basketball operations," while Stoute himself tried to back out.
The 49-year-old Stoute is a man with many labels. He has spent time as record manager, marketing guru and film producer. He has written a book, "The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Spawned a Culture That Rewritten the Rules of the New Economy." He has reportedly worked with the Nets to rename their franchise and is now trying to help the Knicks.
"Toronto Raptors, they brought Drake here to bring the thing with," he said. "The New York Knicks got me in."
He is expected to rename the weak franchise, which is likely on its way for the seventh consecutive time, without reaching post-season, the longest run since the 1960s. The Knicks could of course use a facelift. They lost to popular free agents Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, who chose rival Nets instead of playing for the contested owner James Dolan. It was only the most recent example of stars passing on the Knicks, a trend in which LeBron James and Dwyane Wade chose Miami in 2010 before Dolan's team.
On Tuesday, Stoute made it clear that it is planned to land such players and not to rebuild them through the draft.
"The important thing is that free agents and players know that this is a place for them to show up. They should be here," said Stoute. "I think the narrative has been lost. Players have not come, a free agent has not come. And if we can solve this problem, which I know we will, we have a big chance. We are by far the most iconic team in the league. "
Stoute stood up for Dolan and used George Steinbrenner as an example of an owner who went from despised to loved. Winning, he believes, heals everything, and Stoute said he could help change the perception of the Knicks. The Knicks only got through the first round of playoffs twice this century. Dolan, who has often been disapproved of as the reason for the team's failure over the past two decades, has argued with fan favorite Charles Oakley and blocked critical followers. He made it a running punch line.
"They have a franchise that is synonymous with the sport itself. Of course I want to do that and I will do a lot to reverse it," said Stoute. "(There are) a lot of team owners who dislike people. It is not about an owner. If you have an aggressive owner, someone who is willing to invest in the team and invest money to convince you to bring the best product on stage, then for me this is the type of owner, that I want.
“There was a problem with George Steinbrenner in New York. There was a problem until they won. "
– Additional reporting from Marc Berman