The Knicks' new branding consultant, Steve Stoute, went on ESPN's First Take yesterday and said a lot of things, one of which prompted a statement from the PR department and a dunking on courtesy of Adrian Wojnarowski. The quote that got him in trouble:
“There had to be a change in (moving on from team president Steve Mills). That change will bring a new coach and new coaches that are going to help develop these younger players... "And getting a coach in there and ultimately getting a coach and a coaching staff that’s going to help develop a team, that’s what I expect to happen so that we can actually get to what you expect from a New York team. Having a coach like that who has the magnitude and gravitas so that the media would love to talk to him and believe him, I think that’s super important.”
Of course, the Knicks have not said anything about moving on from current interim head coach Mike Miller, who has led the team to a 13-19 record. And so they released a statement on Tuesday at 5:46 p.m., saying:
"While Steve Stoute is a valued contributor to the Knicks' marketing and branding efforts, he does not speak on behalf of New York Knicks personnel and basketball operations."
Knicks gunna Knick. But, hey, at least Forbes releases its trivial and based-off-of-nothing franchise evaluations yesterday, which listed the Knicks as worth $4.6 billion. It’s always nice to see incompetence get rewarded. This is why James Dolan will never sell.
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