Knicks owner James Dolan declares culture change in New York

James Dolan, executive chairman of Madison Square Garden, listens to a question at a news conference where he introduced Phil Jackson as the new president of the New York Knicks, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in New York. Jackson, who won two NBA titles as a player for the New York Knicks, also won 11 championships while coaching the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Friday afternoon the restructuring of the New York Knicks front office became official, as Steve Mills has been promoted to team president and former Sacramento Kings vice president of player operations Scott Perry was named general manager. As part of the Perry hire, the Kings will receive a future second-round draft pick and cash considerations according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.

In making the announcement James Dolan, the much-maligned owner of the Knicks, declared that the move “marks a culture change” in New York.

“Today marks a culture change for our organization where we reestablish the pride, work ethic and responsibility that comes with playing for the Knicks and representing New York,” Dolan said in the release. “I’m confident that Steve is the right person to take on this role, and ensure that we return to one of the elite teams of the NBA. He’s got an ambitious plan that centers on building a young team focused on player development, communication and teamwork.”

Dolan, who was largely hands-off with the team after hiring Phil Jackson as the team’s president in 2013, also said in the release that he will continue to take that stance when it comes to the basketball decisions.

“(Mills’) decision to bring Scott on as general manager is a critical first step in transforming this franchise,” Dolan said in the release. “Scott brings tremendous skill and experience in helping to build winning basketball teams. He’ll immediately get to work adjusting our basketball operations department to make sure we have one of the most effective front office staffs in the NBA. As Steve and Scott move forward, I will continue to not be involved in the operations of the team.”

While Perry is a new face in the Knicks front office, many of the other names have remained the same since Dolan took over as chairman of Madison Square Garden and given the responsibility of running the Knicks in 1999.

During Dolan’s reign the Knicks have made just six playoff appearances and a total of three playoff series. The first order of business for Mills and Perry will be to determine Carmelo Anthony’s future with the Knicks, with their decision being a critical one for a struggling franchise that’s looking to turn things around.

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