The New York Knicks fired president of basketball operations Steve Mills on Tuesday, and many believe they will have a hard time finding a reputable candidate to replace him. None other than current Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Mills was president of Madison Square Garden Sports from 2003 to 2008, another harrowing period for the Knicks, during which Mills suggested that the Knicks hire Isiah Thomas, the former Detroit Pistons guard, as president.
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NY now sports a 15-36 record, good for 13th in the Eastern Conference and the fourth-worse win percentage league-wide. This past week, the team has been looking for a new president and it seems as though they have found someone. Since Mills became president in June 2017, the Knicks have gone 61-154. Via Clutchpoints: "According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks are considering CAA agent Austin Brown for their open team president position". In the meantime, general manager Scott Perry will run day-to-day basketball operations.
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"It has been a great honor to represent the Knicks", Mills said in the statement. He added: "I will always be a Knicks fan".
Since Mills rejoined the Knicks in 2013, the franchise is 178-365, the worst record in the National Basketball Association, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Knicks have played better under interim coach Mike Miller and won their last two games, but the organization remains one of the league's laughingstocks.
Pressure shifted onto Mills after Fizdale was sacked following a 4-18 start to his second season.