Knicks owner James Dolan was originally interested in hiring Jerry West to replace Phil Jackson as Knicks president, reports Sporting News, citing sources.
Dolan asked Irving Azoff to talk with West, who ultimately decided it was not the right time to join the Knicks, according to the report. West went on to accept an advisory position with the Clippers.
Dolan opted to hire Steve Mills as the team's President and Scott Perry to serve as GM. Mills was promoted from within, while Perry was hired from the Sacramento Kings, where he finished a brief stint as VP of Basketball Operations. Before that, he was the VP and Assistant GM of the Orlando Magic.
Under the new leadership, the team is off to an 11-12 start, including a 10-5 record at home. Some players have noticed a difference from last season.
"The atmosphere is a lot better," Courtney Lee said, according to Sporting News. "It's always good to have good air. It's easier to operate as a team, 100 percent, 100 percent, 100 percent. Every day there's not something new in the media, about what's being said about who. The whole situation wasn't good. It was not good air. But now, the air is clear. It makes it easier to play now. I just wish 'Melo was still here so he could be a part of it."