Steve Mills Rumors
To this point, league sources told Sporting News, that interference has been limited. Jackson has resisted his early urges to tear down much of the Knicks’ internal structure, as holdovers Allan Houston (assistant general manager), Mark Warkentein (director of player personnel) and Steve Mills (general manager) are still in place. Houston and Warkentein have limited roles under Jackson, but player agents around the league say that when it comes to talking to the team, Mills is still the point man. “You get the sense that it lands with Phil for sure,” one agent said. “But it is still Steve Mills that you are going to talk to first. That has not changed.”
The Knicks are reeling from two ugly incidents in a space of 11 days that prompted their GM Steve Mills to give a talk to the players before they flew to Chicago for New Year’s Eve. The Knicks face the Bulls Friday night. Knicks forward Derrick Williams, in the wee hours, allegedly got robbed of $750,000 worth of jewelry two weeks ago by two women he met at a club and took back to his apartment. On Wednesday at about 4:15 a.m., Knicks forward Cleanthony Early was robbed and shot in the right knee after leaving a Queens strip joint and being held up by at least six bandits.
Knicks coach Derek Fisher said he didn’t give his team specific instructions about how to conduct themselves on New Year’s Eve just two days after second-year forward Cleanthony Early was shot in the leg while leaving a gentlemen’s club in Queens. “Guys are adults,” Fisher said at the morning shoot-around in Chicago. “We had some conversations just in general just about the climate that we’re in, but guys still made decisions that they saw fit, and everybody’s here this morning with no issues.”
“It wasn’t about presentation or marketing. It was about what Milwaukee already brought to the table,” said Falk, the former agent for Michael Jordan, who noted that he has a good relationship with Jackson and Knicks GM Steve Mills.