Scott Perry Rumors
Here’s the issue. The Kings brought in Hill, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter during the offseason and still have Garrett Temple on the roster. These are respected vets who can play. These are vets brought in to help a young team, and according to sources, were brought in with the promise of a team aiming to be playoff competitive. But that promise was made to them by Scott Perry, who since left Sacramento and now makes personnel decisions for the New York Knicks. So the direction of the franchise has shifted since Perry left. An organization that brought in veterans aiming to win now is aiming to lose. Not surprisingly, Hill isn’t happy, according to multiple sources And the other veterans can’t be too happy, either. So the Kings have a mess on their hands. I’ve always liked Hill’s game, but when he signed in Sacramento, I questioned the prudence of the Kings bringing him on board when they just drafted De’Aaron Fox, the quicksilver point guard from Kentucky.
Scott Perry on Porzingis’ durability: “With the success he has, there’s going to be some failures, too, and how he responds to that adversity ultimately will determine how impactful he’ll be down the line. “He bounces back pretty quick. If he has a setback, a tough game, an injured ankle or elbow, he has the drive to get back and compete.”
Scott Perry on Frank Ntilikina’s shooting slump: “I see a 19-year-old whose eyes are wide open. He’s a sponge. This is a young kid trying to figure out not only the NBA game but moving to a new country. There’s a lot of adjusting going on. He’s trying to master what I believe is the toughest position in the game. Fortunately, we have two veterans in the locker room in Jarrett Jack and Ramon Sessions — Jarrett being the more vocal guy. He’s got good mentors in his position. Defensively, he’s further ahead. I think it’s a good thing for a young player. My experience is trying to figure out with rookies: Who can they matchup up on the defensive end? That’s one of his strengths. Once he gets through the entire league, he’ll continue to become more aggressive on the offensive end and figure things out.”
Scott Perry on Jeff Hornacek’s performance: “I think Jeff is doing a very solid job for this team, getting an opportunity to add to the culture. He and I communicate on a daily basis. We have a strong relationship. I’m looking forward for him to continue to push these guys in the manner we want them pushed, continue to grow as a defensive team, grow our competitive edge.”
In the wake of the damage done by Phil Jackson on the Knicks franchise though, Scott Perry has picked up the pieces and after 24 games insisted he is not interested in tanking to facilitate a rebuild. “I think it’s very important if you’re playing meaningful basketball late into the season, just for again, the culture which you’re trying to build here,” Perry said. “I would also say wherever we end up in the draft, whether it’s on the playoffs side or the lottery side, whatever, I have extreme confidence in our scouting staff and our front office staff that we’re going to add some talented players to the mix here. But I just believe that it’s important to compete hard, do the very best that you can and then organically let that happen. The amount of wins and losses come out of that versus trying to put your team in a position not to win. I don’t think that’s healthy for any culture. I think if you try to, quote-unquote, institutionalize losing if you will, that’s hard to get out of your building. You may never get that out of your building. We just want to do the very best we can and we’ll live with the results.”
The Knicks management was presented with a challenge in trading Carmelo Anthony. He clearly had reached a point of no return, but his no-trade clause gave Scott Perry and Steve Mills few options. In retrospect, it’s hard to imagine them coming up with a more successful return than they got from Oklahoma City, landing Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott as well as the second-round pick of the Bulls, which right now sits at No. 31, just outside of the first round. “I’ve been very pleased with the additions of both Enes and McDermott,” Perry said. “I think Enes has come in and he’s quickly becoming a crowd favorite for the people of New York. He brings a toughness, he brings a commitment to team. I think he’s complementing K.P. very well. He’s relentless on the boards, adds a little edge and toughness to our basketball team. And Doug McDermott is a consummate professional. He continues to get better. He gives us someone who can stretch the defense because he can shoot three-point shots. I think he’s done even better on the defensive end than I think most people have thought. And that’s been a pleasure to see. Both of those guys have been about enhancing the type of culture that we want to have here. So I’ve definitely been pleased with both of them.”
They’ve done it with a new administration led by president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry. They were not team owner James Dolan’s first choice. Dolan had one of his most trusted allies, entertainment executive Irving Azoff, talk to Jerry West to see if the NBA legend wanted to take over for Jackson last June, league sources with knowledge of the discussions told Sporting News.