Steve Mills: “For me, Noah would never have come to the Knicks”
How much does the $ 72 million contract offered to Joakim Noah in 2016 weigh for New York Knicks? We can say that it weighs like a boulder on the Knicks and on its future operations. Over the years the Knicks have changed a lot both at a technical and managerial level, but there has never been the definitive leap in quality.
It is no coincidence that Steve Mills, current president of the Knicks, has distanced himself from such a controversial move. These are the words of Mills to the microphones of Marc Berman of the New York Post:
“Obviously I’m sorry it went like this. If it was all just because of my decision, maybe Noah would never have arrived here. There is a reason that led us to evaluate the cutting option as the best for our team and the whole environment”.
At the time, it was Phil Jackson and Clarence Gaines Jr who pushed for Noah’s arrival to the Knicks, which turned out to be disastrous both technically and economically.
Meanwhile, Noah has left the Knicks for the Memphis Grizzlies with which the player has found the annual minimum wage agreement. Next February 3, Noah will return to Madison Square Garden as an opponent and will not be a pleasant return.