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FORMER MSG PREZ-CEO TO JOIN MAGIC JOHNSON AND ACADEMIA

Steve Mills, who is widely credited with hiring Isiah Thomas as President of the New York Knicks, is leaving MSG in June to join Magic Johnson Enterprises and teach a course at Princeton University where he was a star point guard in the Ivy League under coaching legend Pete Carril.

Mills joined MSG in 1999 as executive vice president of franchise operations before becoming president of sports team operations for MSG in June 2001. In December 2003, Mills was promoted to the then-newly created position of President and Chief Operating Officer of MSG Sports.   Mills, who worked with Magic Johnson during the development of the Dream Team, offered Earvin the job as MSG President.  In turn, Magic glowingly referred his longtime friend Isiah Thomas for the position.

In July 2008, Mills was replaced by Scott O’Neil as President who was previously a vice president at the NBA, apparently the breeding ground for New York Knicks executives.

Although, he will be known for his role in the IT Era and Anucha Browne reality drama at MSG, Mills oversaw the business operations of all three professional sports teams, the Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty, and was responsible for all other sports-related activities of the Garden, including college basketball, boxing, and track and field.

During Mills tenure as the head of sports operations since 2001 to 2008, the Rangers made the playoffs every season since 2003-04 except the 2004-05 lost lockout season. The Liberty reached the postseason seven times from 2001-2008 including the finals in 2002 and the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004-2008.  Although many fans will judge Mills performance by mass media reports and the failures of the Thomas era. Mills performed well and hung in there in a very tough market.

Mills, along with Terdema Ussery, President of the Dallas Mavericks, was touted as one of the people of color who could possible replace David Stern as commissioner of the NBA.  Before joining MSG, Mills played an integral role in the National Basketball Association’s development for over 16 years after he was hired in 1983 as an account executive in NBA Properties.   His last post was as senior vice president, basketball and player development. His duties included managing the league’s relationships with all domestic and international basketball organizations, including the NCAA and USA Basketball, as well as overseeing the NBA’s developmental programs and player initiatives during one of the most critical periods in league history.  Mills also played a key role in the creation of the Women’s National Basketball Association and served on the team responsible for the negotiation of the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Steve Mills, who is widely considered to be a good guy, played for legend Pete Carril and was teammates at Princeton University with John Rogers, the multi-millionaire founder of the Ariel Fund and Obama confidant, and Craig Robinson, brother of first lady Michele Obama and Oregon University basketball head coach.

For this Blogger, James Dolan gets major credit for hiring and supporting qualified people regardless of their race and ethnicity.  Still, being sensitive to racial issues does not make one a good corporate manager and Dolan certainly could have made better decisions in the Browne debacle which ultimately damaged reputations and perhaps a couple of careers because of its very public revelations.

But Steve Mills should be fine, especially since the NBA protects its own more than the po-po or a group of personal injury lawyers.

KNOTES

Welcome home brother Steady; thrilled to see ya and love that avatar. . . . Bill Russell pisses off Marbury detractors by telling the truth about Knicks Management’s botched effort to squeeze money and humiliation out of Marbury.  Sure Marbury screwed the Knicks, but the Knicks f’d up their own rep by holding onto Marbury too long and treating him like shyte.  All Walsh had to do was let him go.  So if legend Russell feels that way about how the Knicks treat their players, what do you think Wade and LeBron think about the Knicks.  Fukget the script. It been flipped over on the Knicks. Back to reality. . . . Oh, check out Pat Riley as he takes care of his number 1 priority — DWade — before 2010, thereby ending any notion that Wade and LeBron will both join the Knicks either together or individually. . . .We’re twittering baby. We welcome our twitter followers to the fold. . . . ThrillWill is twittering and he is a trip or just a young kid.  I’ll let you decide. . . . .Gotta go play hoops.  Later.

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May 8, 2009 - Posted by | James Dolan, Steve MIlls | , , ,

27 Comments »

  1. I completely agree.
    There are some mighty fine PI blogs out there;
    perhaps you could do a post highlighting those.

    Comment by perosnalinjury | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. LIVES

    All Hail my Dear Bruddah! May this missive find you and yours well. Also, a Hearty What’s Up to my Dawgs and rabid Knick fans. The site looks great, and I would expect nothing less from my Compadre… I look forward to our brand of Fandom and Fellowship. Now it is time to Bless this New House with a good word and acknowledgement of the Master of Mysteries…HAPPY MOTHER”S DAY FANATICS….

    Armloads of Blessings

    Today’s Word:

    The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.

    Today’s Verse:

    “It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God [gave us the victory]…Now, God, do it again… so those with heavy hearts will come out laughing, with armloads of blessing” (Psalm 126, Message)

    Today’s Word:

    When you have a heavy heart, when life deals you a difficult blow, God wants to turn things around in your favor. Not only does He want to bring you out, but He wants to bring you out with a smile and better off than you were before. He wants to give you the victory and fill you with armloads of blessings!

    You might be thinking, “That sounds too good to be true. You don’t know my situation.” But understand, God wants to overwhelm you with His goodness. He wants you to feel like you are living in a dream. The scripture says that He delights in the prosperity of His people. In other words, it gives Him great joy to bless you. You can be certain that when you stand in faith, even when it’s difficult, God will reward you. He’ll fill you with His peace. He’ll give you supernatural strength. He’ll give you the grace you need to face those challenges. You can be sure that He’ll always lead you into victory and fill you with armloads of blessings!

    Prayer for Today:

    Father in heaven, thank You for Your promise of victory and blessing. I choose to keep my heart and mind focused on You. Have Your way in me and lead me into the life of blessing You have in store for me. Amen!

    ONE LOVE

    Keep it POPPIN

    Comment by Cooleyhigh | May 8, 2009 | Reply

    • AMEN.

      Love to you and yours my brudder. Can Steady possibly be right about the draft pick two years in a row? LOL

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. ESPN Radio 1050 was reporting today that Cablevision is considering selling off Madison Square Garden and all the teams who play at the Garden.

    Don’t quite know the validity of this tid bit but what are the bloggers opinions on this possible development?

    O&B

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. Let’s get a Buying Group together.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  5. Cablevision may need cash and only one Sucka would buy a newspaper…Cablevision. The decision to buy into a dying industry(newspaper) has put pressure on profits and cashflow. Potential sale is to get through economic crisis.

    ‘Lives’, I afraid that if you are part of the buying group, you would demand the team reacquire Crawful.

    Peace & Blessings

    Comment by Statesman2 | May 8, 2009 | Reply

    • States,
      I can see the “Sucka” point from the clear 20/20 of hindsight. Commenting in support of this move (acquiring Newsday) is just being steady since my first suggestion to JD at the old blog home was–Get Newsday at any cost. Can I get a wittness T-man? There was a similar move made in NY that compares to this paper acquisition. When IT signed James (following a stellar playoff performance), the NYK had no veritable Big. Weatherspoon was the lone rebounding threat on the team. James was walking aorund the city the night of his press conference gloating and passing out cigars like a proud Papi, claiming “I’m the Center of the NYK”. “I’m coming in to pick up where Patrick Ewing left off”. And then the Eddy Curry deal was made. People wondered WHY!! Once again, hindsight is 20/20, not 2010.
      After getting Drossed in the media for the ABS mess, JD realized the power of INK. He knew that he had to get his own quill, spinmeisters and fixers. Just like The Art War, you must control the media, the hearts and minds of the people. For Cablevision and MSG to really fulfill the large payday that they desire, they will need the big classified pages/platform that Newsday represents.

      Steady as IT goes to the bank.

      KFL

      Comment by Steady | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  6. First, the good news guys. If you hold stock in Cablevision, you should continue to hold it. Its value promises to increase. Now, the bad news. The Dolans have no intention of selling MSG assets to anyone other than themselves anytime soon. All of this talk is about the Dolans making it easier to sell Cablevision’s core units.

    According to the Post’s analysis, Cablevision wants to separate its MSG business from the core business which is considered the cable systems and the Rainbow Media unit (which includes cable networks AMC, IFC and WE tv). Supposedly, MSG presents valuation problems which make a sale of the entire business prohibitive. According to an analyst quoted in Forbes, a national or regional network is usually sold at 15 to 20 times cash flow. The unpredictability of sports teams messes with that projection.

    The purpose for “spinning off” MSG assets would be for the Dolans to retain supervoting control. MSG includes the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre, other concert venues and Fuse cable network.

    Selling Cablevision would allow investors to get paid, some investors claim at $40.00 per share which is more than the $36.25 per share the Dolans wanted to pay the investors a few years ago. Presently Cablevision shares are trading for $19.95 and rising. Cablevision is doing remarkably well. According to a recent report, first quarter revenue increased about 11% to $1.9 billion. The reported company profit was $20.3 million.

    Another theory is that selling MSG would garner $3 Billion, making Cablevision even more attractive to a larger suitor.

    So Lives, keep your money in the bank or where ever you hold it until the Clippers are available or Newark wants to put a team together.

    Comment by igmknicks | May 8, 2009 | Reply

    • Steady co-signs on this post vociferously. It seems like the team that may most likely move to new owners is the Charlotte Bobcats. Such a move would make sense because the investor/raider mentality is, and Statesman and Statesman1 can confirm: 1. Buy low; 2. Spend little to build up value; 3. Peak at the rise of the market; and 4. Sell high. If there is a $100 million bump that can be gained from a sale right now or in 6 month when the market resets with cheap cash available to regularize the HVC markets, Michael and Bob will skim the look off the table and back to heezy. Then his Airness can take his Bennies and play BBall executive extraordinaire somewhere else or with the next OG.

      Steady as IT goes to the bank.

      KFL

      Comment by Steady | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  7. From Wilson Chandler on Twitter:

    Will_Chandler My grandfather has lung cancer if you can pray for him! Thanks!

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  8. Our prayers are with Chuck Daly’s family. Great coach. Gave us the Bad Boys of Detroit, the Jordan Rules, Olympic Gold and a lot of heart.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | May 9, 2009 | Reply

  9. My prayers to Wilson’s grandpa and to Chuck Daly’s family as well.

    Welcome back steady!

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | May 9, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks OB1! Steady missin’ y’all! Whenever and wherever two gather in His name, He will be present. So we gather with prayerful thoughts for Wilson’s grandfather and all our loved ones who face hardship of any sort Holy Father/Mother God.

      Steady as IT goes to heaven.

      KFL

      Comment by Steady | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  10. nice write up on Steve mills and good luck to him.

    Without the Chuck daly blueprint, there is no Riley or Van Gundy Knicks!

    RIP Chuck

    Comment by MODI | May 9, 2009 | Reply

    • co-sign on Daly and Knicks evolution.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | May 9, 2009 | Reply

  11. Quick acknowledgement of my boys steppin’ in and steppin’ up. You know I love ya and am pumped that you’re in the house Modi — Starbury fetish and all. LOL. Great reference to Lang Whitaker article on Stephon. Excellent piece. I’ll find time to write more later.

    You guys should check out the Twitter notes (Sidebar 2) every once in a while. I be goin’ mad crazy hooked like a nit twit talkin’ and readin’ shyte like I got nothin’ else to be doin.’ In substandard English, I mean: Twitter is stupid addictive. I can barely believe that I am spending time reading about ThrillWill getting a fucking haircut. Oh well, it’s almost time for blog rehab again.

    Glad to see the fella’s dropping in. If anybody wants to join the list of article (post) contributors, give me a holler.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | May 9, 2009 | Reply

  12. Peaceman call me this weekend at night when you want to hook up that new avatar.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | May 9, 2009 | Reply

  13. Lives, I’ll be a regular and will have some stuff for ya in the future…

    The site looks great!

    Comment by MODI | May 9, 2009 | Reply

    • Thank you.

      Looking forward to it.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | May 10, 2009 | Reply

  14. From Bill Bradley in article on Lakers Present Reminding Him Of Knicks Past:

    Bradley, the former senator who was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame last Sunday, said the current Knicks are “a couple of players away from being competitive at the highest level.”

    “I think Donnie Walsh is doing a good job and I like Mike D’Antoni,” Bradley said, referring to the Knicks’ president and coach.

    He sees at least one building block.

    “I like David Lee,” Bradley said. “I hope he stays as the team gets better. He reminds me of DeBusschere.”

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | May 10, 2009 | Reply

  15. Boston Globe sees Ewing coaching snub, but he may actually be the coach the Knicks need. Ewing says,

    “All I can do is the best I can. . .”

    “Everyone is different. You expect people to have the same work ethic and belief. But everyone is different and takes things different ways.”

    While Ewing says your personnel dictates what kind of offense you run, he professes that any team he coaches will be tough defensively.

    “My style will be predicated on the team,” Ewing said. “You can have a style, but if you don’t have the players for the style, it will be no good. But I will stress defense.”

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | May 10, 2009 | Reply

  16. Steady: Welcome back. You’ve been missed. Look forward tp reading your stuff on the draft and free agent moves by our favorite team.

    To shift topics, I am somewhat skeptical about all the hype on Rubio. I believe the Knicks can get him even at the 8th spot, since few of the other teams have the market arena for Rubio to get the endorsements and other high profile appearances that will enable him to buy out his contract from the Spanish team which owns him.

    Granted, Rubio is a gifted ball handler and passer, but his shot is suspect and his body is somewhat fragile at the age of 18. Yes, his upside is indeed promising, perhaps equivalent in potential to Steve Nash, but he will need to hit the weight room, along with Gallo, to compete with NBA talent night after night. Maturation will help both if they can stay injury free.

    Instead of looking to Europe as the promised land for the Holy Grail: i.e. Gallo and Rubio–who have just as much potential to be Euro-trash (akin to Frederick Weis), I would prefer to draft a down-home product–a 2 guard who can light it up with consistency–Steve Curry, and buy or trade for a free agent or proven point guard and/or shot blocker.

    I will post more on the draft once we know where we pick and once we get closer to draft day (June 25th)–perhaps the greatest day in hoopdom for Knick Fanatics, if not in all roundball life. Happy Mother’s Day. KFFL

    Comment by Post-up Prince | May 10, 2009 | Reply

    • Thank you Your Highness! As of this writing, the Euro movement is still strong for Gotham. Lives preached this at the previous home when he mentioned the need to look at marketing before the move. Steady saw Dani Boy coming through the door. It seemed like it was with the intention to have those two boys playing together. As you say, it is still too early to tell.

      Steady as IT goes to Princeton.
      KFL

      Comment by Steady | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  17. Post-up, we look forward to more draft insight. NBADraft.net’s latest Draft Buzz has the Knicks putting a bit more Curry into the mix. Is this what we need?

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | May 11, 2009 | Reply

  18. Lives,
    Glad you’re diggin’ the Avatar. Had I waited a bit longer, provide a bit more granularity in my posts, maybe Peaceman could have designed an Avatar for Steady as was done for Modi. The NYK Diapora is slowly coming together–once again. Soon it will be time to roll call everyone back to the roost–chicken or not.

    Steady as IT goes to the hoop.
    KFL

    Comment by Steady | May 12, 2009 | Reply

    • Amen. ROFLMAO. My man, my man. It’s only as good as the company I keep. Bronx, Paulnoize and Harlem will prompt roll call either individually or severally. LOL.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  19. ERRATA–That was Diaspora, not Diapora. That ring finger got heavier by Mrs. Steady.
    Please put out the APB on JayBee, St. George, BARF, Tman and VicBit.

    Steady as IT goes down by the schoolyard.

    KFL

    Comment by Steady | May 12, 2009 | Reply


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