Earlier this week, New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee sat down with Knicks general manager Steve Mills for an exclusive one-on-one interview. The full interview airs Thursday at 7 pm ET on SiriusXM NBA Radio, channel 217.

Just days after former New York Knicks head coach Larry Brown criticized current Knicks general manager Steve Mills on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Mills sat down with Spike Lee for a one-on-one interview.

Mills spoke with Lee about the hiring of the Knicks’ new president of basketball operations, Phil Jackson. Prior to the hiring, Mills served as both the team’s GM and president. He has since relinquished the latter title to the former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers coach.

“Well, obviously [my job] has changed because I gave up the ‘President’ title and just retained my title as general manager,” Mills said. “And Phil is coming in, and he is going to ultimately decide what we do from a player’s stand point, what we do from a coaching stand point. But when I took this job with the Knicks, I made it clear to Jim [Dolan] I wanted to come back and I wanted to try to help us win. And I looked at the opportunity as I got to know Phil, and [as] we went through a three-month courting process.”

For most of that “courting process,” the media was unaware of the Knicks’ interest in Jackson, who also played for New York during the late 1960s and early 1970s, a span that included two championships. But once word got out, Mills had to ensure his current staff of their job security.

“It started to lead to some problems because when it started to leak out that we had been having conversations, I wanted to make it clear to Mike Woodson in terms of our relationship that during this process or any other processes, I never had any conversations with anyone about coaching the Knicks,” Mills said. “So when Jim asked me to go out and meet with Phil, it was about Phil getting to know me, and me getting to know him, and us talking about basketball.”

Mills also addressed the retreat he, Dolan and Jackson took in early March, which was reported by the New York Times.

“It was really important for Jim to feel that Phil and I could work together,” Mills said. “And I look at our situation in terms of putting ourselves in a position to win. Obviously he has tremendous, tremendous credibility, he’s won 11 championships, he understands how to build a team. I think from my stand point, the relationships I have around the league with players and agents, as we start to think through strategically where we want to go from a free agent stand point, we’re going to be able to understand what players are available and want to come and play in New York. They’re not going to be surprises. We’re going to have the relationships in place with players and agents, and you couple that with Phil’s credibility from a championship stand point and coaching and what he’s done to build teams, I think together we can do something special.

Powered by WordPress.com VIP