There were promises of hard work and development and cooperation. And there were no grandiose promises of titles, no sickening arrogance when résumés were rubbed in everyone’s face and definitely no follow-up tweets that an ancient languages expert would have trouble deciphering.
And during the Knicks’ press conference at their Westchester practice facility, where Steve Mills was introduced as president and Scott Perry came aboard as general manager, there was one other notable absence.
Nobody said anything blatantly stupid.
You take progress where you can get it, especially when you are coming off another lottery season and you have one playoff series win in 17 years.
So when the subject of Carmelo Anthony arose, no one said the organization would be better off if the 10-time All-Star would just climb into a cubbyhole somewhere and sell insurance. Mills said what he should have.
“If there’s an opportunity that works for Carmelo and works for us, then we’ll look at some kind of trade,” Mills said. “But we also feel that Carmelo could easily be a part of our team next year.”
Hey, no one said they were completely honest. Anthony returning is a stretch. And Mills swore they called Tim Hardaway Jr. right after the stroke of midnight when free agency began while the guard, who collected $71 million for four years, claimed the call came after a few days.
Picky, picky. But not stupid.
So maybe there will be change for the Knicks, who didn’t seem content only to win the press conference as they did with Phil Jackson in March 2014. And everyone knows how swell matters went after Jackson took over. That appointment became as successful as the trades for Eddy Curry and Andrea Bargnani.
Mills and Perry seemed humble, honest, professional. There was a consistency to their message: youth, athleticism, development, building. Now, will these two guys bring the answers the Knicks have sought for…