The Light Has Shone Through
Not much goes right with the New York Knicks franchise. For years, the once-hallowed team has fallen into mismanagement chaos and a revolving door of both executives and coaches. Much of the strife, if not all of it, is thanks to owner James Dolan. However, there has been one person who, until today, has lasted longer than pretty much anyone else: Steve Mills.
Steve Mills has been responsible for a lot of poorly made decisions over the seven years in which he has been in charge of the player decisions for the team, least of all his recent obsession with loading the roster with power forwards. In fact, this is probably what ultimately led to his dismissal, along with his unwillingness to include Marcus Morris in trade talks. But that’s irrelevant.
What matters is that Steve Mills is gone! What Knicks fans have been asking for six years has finally happened! Now we can (hopefully) move on to a new team president who is actually competent. Now actually attracting someone to rescue the Knicks from decades of ineptitude is another question, but the first step has been taken in terms of firing Mills, and I couldn’t be happier.
One name being floated is Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, whose contract ends after next year. Most people would say this is pipe dream (including me) since it seems like no one wants to work for Jim Dolan. However, SI’s Chris Mannix made an important point on Twitter, saying that the job is attractive for the reason of being able to be the person who can say they turned the New York Knicks around. Honestly, I’m hopeful for the future, but I’m not setting my expectations high.
For right now, I’m just going to be happy that the Knicks finally did something their fans wanted and everyone else knew needed to happen.