Knicks' president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry visited Steelers training camp in August to learn about their operations, sources told the New York Post.
Perry, whose father, Lowell, coached for the Steelers, wanted to bring Mills to Steelers' camp, the source said. Perry was said to be interested in learning about the way the Steelers prepare for drafts and handle their roster, among other things.
"Scott looks at Pittsburgh as one of the best in professional sports because they know who they are as an organization,'' one associate said, according to the Post. "It may have the strongest culture in his eyes because they know what they want in the makeup of a player - the skill set and mindset - and it's consistent.''
Steelers' coach Mike Tomlin offered his own praise for Perry and said the two have talked about leadership styles, challenges, and their parallels.
"I'm so excited and happy for Scott and the New York Knicks,'' Tomlin said, while adding that he expects them to be "extremely successful."
Mills was previously the executive vice president and general manager, but replaced Phil Jackson as president earlier this year. Scott Perry joined the Knicks after spending less than three months as the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Sacramento Kings.