Steve Mills replaced Phil Jackson as the president of the Knicks on July 14, 2017. During Phil Jackson’s reign as president, a lot of drama had occurred between him and the organization.
Steve Mills, who was apart of the organization at the time, was against Phil’s decisions at the time. During an interview with the Associated Press, Mills stated that he wasn’t onboard with the direction last season and was in search of chance. Mills even claimed that he wanted to change Phil Jackson’s offensive system.
“Everyone was frustrated. One of our players was obviously frustrated. Our fans were frustrated, we were frustrated, and so it led us to think we have to do something different and I felt strongly about it,” Mills said. “I addressed it with Phil and our coaching staff and our entire staff, that in my view we weren’t a team that really stood for anything in particular and that needed to change.
“If it meant changing the triangle, it if meant changing our day-to-day stuff, we had to become more definable by something. When someone sees the Knicks, when someone’s going to play against the Knicks, what are you going to experience when you play that team?”
The New York Knicks fired Phil Jackson this past June.