The New York Knicks are looking to begin again.
After firing the Zen Master Phil Jackson, owner James Dolan embarked on another executive search to find the new savior for the Knickerbockers.
Instead of one of the biggest names in the history of professional basketball – like last time – the dopey owner appears to be settling on an unknown name to casual basketball fans.
That’s not to say that he doesn’t have bona fides, however.
The Knicks are nearing a deal to make Scott Perry the franchise’s new general manager, according to Ian Begley and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Perry is currently serving in the front office of the perennial cellar-dwelling Sacramento Kings, although he does boast a championship ring in his front office qualifications.
Sacramento’s vice president of basketball operations is being pursued for a deal, according to the report. Under the new arrangement, Perry would report to new team president Steve Mills, according to the report, citing unnamed sources.
Perry has been with the Kings for just three months after being hired on as the aide for general manager Vlade Divac. He had previously served in the front office of the Orlando Magic. The Detroit native also has NBA stops with Seattle, Oklahoma City and Detroit. With the Pistons, he helped team president Joe Dumars build the team that won the 2003-04 NBA championship.
Mills, who would replace Jackson in his old role, has worked for years under Dolan at Madison Square Garden and previously worked as executive vice president and general manager of the organization.
Jackson was fired by Dolan shortly before free agency began earlier this month. The 11-time NBA champion head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers didn’t exactly live up to that level of success with the Knicks, the team he played on in the 1970s.
Since Jackson was fired, Dolan and the Knicks had been linked to former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, who reportedly pulled his name from consideration.
The sadsack Knicks, as always, have a number of player controversy surrounding the team. For one, the team continues to explore a trade for star Carmelo Anthony. Meanwhile, the process of building around future star Kristaps Porzingis is a delicate process, one that apparently will be helped along by new first-round pick Frank Ntilikina from France and new free-agent acquisition Tim Hardaway Jr., whose 4-year, $71-million contract drew criticism across the league.