The Knicks have named Steve Mills their new team president, the team announced Friday.
Mills had been running the day-to-day operations of the Knicks in an interim capacity since the team parted ways with Phil Jackson.
"We will all be united in implementing our strategy, which is to build our team by developing young players, emphasizing athleticism, length and defense," Mills said in the Knicks' press release. "...Our message to our fans is clear: we will be disciplined in sticking to this strategy, hold our players and staff accountable to the high standards that we have set for ourselves, and deliver results."
It was clear that the Knicks wanted Mills in charge after ex-Cavs GM David Griffin removed his name from consideration due to disagreements over his role if he were to take the job. Griffin wanted say over all basketball decisions, and was looking to bring his own staff in with him.
However, the Knicks didn't want to grant him that authority, thus the decision to drop out of the race.
Knicks owner James Dolan is expected to give Mills the final say in basketball decisions going forward. The two executives are focused on hiring from within the organization rather than bring in a new face.
Mills was hired as team president before the 2013-14 season. It didn't last long as now ex-president Phil Jackson came in five months later, and took over his role.