Steve Stoute Rumors
It also helps that, after seven consecutive nonplayoff seasons, Rose has presided over more hits than misses so far. That starts with the hiring of Thibodeau, who has clicked more seamlessly than anticipated with an inexperienced roster amid concerns that his stern approach was antiquated. After Sunday’s victory at Detroit, the Knicks moved to 18-17, which was good enough not only for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, but also to shift focus away from Dolan, last season’s dreadful headlines about his clashing with Lee and the much-panned hiring of Steve Stoute as a branding consultant. “Knick fans, we’re optimistic,” Lee said. “We see hope. We haven’t seen that in a while.”
Steve Stoute, the Knicks marketing consultant, hit the golf course recently wearing a pair of Bulls shorts, according to a photo posted to Instagram by sports and entertainment marketing executive Paul Rivera. Stoute was golfing with Rivera, the rapper Nas and Warriors star Draymond Green. Nas appeared to actually be wearing Knicks shorts but Stoute was sporting a pair that had “Bulls” printed largely across the front.
Stoute was brought on in January to help recharge the image of James Dolan and his woebegone Knicks. According to a source, Stoute is tight with Stephen Curry; Klay Thompson; LeBron James; James’ agent, Rich Paul, who also reps Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant; and Durant’s agent/manager Rich Kleiman.
“James Dolan is misunderstood,’’ Stoute said. “He’s certainly brash. As a sports fan, I love an owner willing to invest and pay for talent. It’s a risky business. When you go get Phil Jackson, there’s a guy who spent a ton of money to get Phil and he failed. And he went out and got Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo [Anthony]. They’re trying and spending money. It doesn’t always work out the way you want it to be.’’
Stefan Bondy: Knicks brand consultant Steve Stoute appeared on LeBron James’ HBO show ‘The Shop.’ It will air Saturday. 📸 HBO pic.twitter.com/TdYg8s4FlY
Stoute, the newly hired branding manager, appeared on ESPN Tuesday and stated he’s looking forward to a new coaching staff next season to develop some of the team’s young potential stars. The remark got Stoute in hot water with the administration for essentially firing Miller prematurely. It is believed an apology was given at the fan charity event, “Kicks and Cocktails’’ when Miller met the entertainment mogul for the first time. “I saw Steve at the charity event,’’ Miller said, said before the Knicks played the Wizards on Wednesday night. “We spoke over there. We had a private conversation.”