Saturday, October 12, 2013
Reports: Mills reiterates -- no Isiah job
By Ian Begley
Steve Mills said -- again -- he has no plans to hire Isiah Thomas.
Knicks executive vice president and general manager Steve Mills still has no plans to re-hire Isiah Thomas.
Echoing comments he first made on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show," Mills said in an interview that Thomas will not have an official role in the organization.
“He doesn’t have any role with the team,” Mills told reporters in Toronto.
In his previous 10-year term with the Knicks, Mills worked for a time as president of MSG Sports. He hired Thomas as coach and general manager. Thomas and Mills presided over the team during one of its least successful stretches, with the Knicks missing the playoffs in six of their seven seasons on Thomas' watch.
Mills added that he hopes Thomas can secure the job as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) via a vote or can work as a television analyst.
Thomas, though, will continue to have Knicks owner and MSG chairman James Dolan’s ear as an adviser.
NOVAK NOT HAPPY ABOUT PLAYOFF USE: According to published reports, Steve Novak said in Toronto he misses being around his ex-teammates on the Knicks. But he said he was confused over his use in the Knicks’ second-round loss to the Pacers.
Novak, who led the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage in 2011-12, played just nine minutes in the Indiana series.
“It wasn’t like a rift [with Knicks coach Mike Woodson],” Novak said. “Obviously, he knew the whole time that I wanted to play. I told him when I got healthy -- don’t not play me because I’m hurt. I’m ready. And he went another way.”
Woodson, according to published reports, called benching Novak a “coach’s decision.”
LINEUP SHIFT: With the Knicks playing the second game of a back-to-back in New Hampshire on Saturday, Woodson plans to rest Carmelo Anthony, Metta World Peace and Raymond Felton. He hinted that Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. will be in the starting lineup. Saturday’s game will likely feature many of the younger Knicks, including training-camp invitee Toure Murry. Murry had a solid Knicks debut on Friday in Toronto, with two points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in nine minutes. He misfired on all three of his 3-point attempts, though.