This will be tough for them to lose.
Let’s go? Knicks!
From Stefan Bondy:
As Leon Rose prepares for his imminent takeover, Garden constant Allan Houston has emerged as a candidate for a front office promotion, a league source told the Daily News.
The former All-Star, 48, is currently the GM of the G-League affiliate in Westchester and has been a Knicks executive since 2008, surviving multiple regime changes while being groomed for a larger role. He also served as the Knicks assistant GM before and during Phil Jackson’s tenure.
While Houston’s future with the organization seems safe, the rest of the front office is mostly in flux. According to a source, the Knicks hoped to hire Grizzlies executive Rich Cho but that’s now off the table. Word is Cho is happy in Memphis, where he serves as the vice president of basketball strategy for a franchise on the rise that features Ja Morant.
The 54-year-old Cho has been an NBA executive for two decades and served as GM of both the Bobcats and Trailblazers.
Good to know that the good candidates are already turning the Knicks down!
But hey, Allan Houston has been a big part of the Knicks success over the past 12 years, so it makes sense to promote from within with him. Hey, remember when he hit that big shot in 1999?
“We don’t want to remind people of shooting deaths!” Boo! That’s so 1997 branding, Wizards!
Be like the Knicks! They have a marketing guru! The dude’s a freakin’ GURU! And the Bureau of Guru-ing is a really serious deal. You have to work at that licensing. You can’t just put on an expensive T-Shirt and start calling yourself a guru.
So get with the times, Wizards!
Be more like the Knicks!
But you can’t, because they’re in New York. They have blood in the ground! You don’t have that in DC! Well, you sometimes do, but that’s why you changed the name of the team.
So hooray, rebranded Knicks!
Their awesome marketing should make this their fifth win in their last six games, with their lame duck head coach doing his best to, you know, not get fired despite being told he definitely is getting fired.
Let’s go? Knicks!
The Knicks’ official PR account released the following statement:
That’s such a massive self-own. I love that Stoute’s response is not even to REALLY apologize, but to just note that he inadverently insinuated something. That’s not an apology! That’s not even “I was wrong in what I said!” That’s just, to quote the Simpsons…
It’s appropriate that I used a Krusty the Clown image, since this is such a clown organization.
From NBC Sports’ Dan Feldman, a collection of some of the dumbest moments from Steve Stoute’s disastrous outing on ESPN’S First Take (he also has a link to the video, so you can see Stoute flop sweat through the awfulness)…
The biggest thing is getting free agents and players to know that this is a place they show up at. This is where they should be. I think that narrative has been lost. So, players haven’t come. A free agent hasn’t come. And if we can sort of solve that problem, which I know we will, we have a great chance. We’re the most iconic team in the league by far.
and most hilariously…
New York City is the hub of sports and entertainment. That’s how I feel. And it started moving around. My job is to bring it back. Toronto Raptors, they brought in Drake. Right? They brought in Drake to bring that thing. The New York Knicks brought in me.
There had to be a change, right? So, there is a change. That change will bring a new coach and new coaches that are going to help develop these younger players, right? And they’ve got some young superstars. You see R.J. Barrett, Mitch Robinson.
I’m part of a team, and I’m going to be part of a team. But I’ve got a lot of voice.
Sooooo….yeah. That’s obviously terrible, but Leon Rose legitimately cannot talk Knicks right now, so maybe Stoute is just Haig-ing it up?
But even if that’s true, it’s still A. A terrible look to let him give this interview and B. A terribly stupid interview.
They really seem to want to fuck things up before they’ve even taken over, don’t they?