On Tuesday morning, Steve Stoute made headlines for his comments about the New York Knicks and their coaching staff moving forward.
Stoute, hired by the Knicks earlier this year, suggested the Knicks would move on from interim head coach Mike Miller. He did not take responsibility for the club firing team president Steve Mills. However, he did suggest the new regime will make a coaching change.
Here’s what he had to say on First Take, via the New York Post.
“There had to be a change in [firing team president Steve Mills]. That change will bring a new coach and new coaches that are going to help develop these younger players…And getting a coach in there and ultimately getting a coach and a coaching staff that’s going to help develop a team. That’s what I expect to happen so that we can actually get to what you expect from a New York team.”
It makes sense to suggest there will be a new coach, but Stoute presumed too much – especially given his short tenure with the team.
New York released a statement distancing itself from Stoute’s comments.
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“While Steve Stoute is a valued contributor to the Knicks’ marketing and branding efforts, he does not speak on behalf of New York Knicks personnel and basketball decisions,” the club said in a statement.
Not a great start for the new Knicks employee.