CHICAGO — Knicks branding consultant Steve Stoute has not been grounded by owner James Dolan after his remarks last week essentially firing interim coach Mike Miller and his staff on a television appearance.
Stoute spoke on a panel at Friday’s annual All-Star Weekend Tech Summit that Dolan speaks at every year, according to sources.
Dolan and Stoute, the entertainment mogul, were on separate panels. Stoute, who has served as a Knicks spokesman the past three weeks, was on the panel for “Branding.” Dolan served as speaker on the panel for monetizing social media.
When Dolan was introduced by actor Bill Murray, the comic stated sarcastically, “Oh, they’re rebuilding.”
Stoute, in charge of changing the Knicks’ bumbling image, got in hot water last week when he said he’s expecting a new coaching staff to come in and develop their talented young players.
The Knicks disavowed the comments in a statement that read “Any decisions regarding the operations of the team will be made by the new President of the New York Knicks.”
The Knicks still don’t have a named president as Leon Rose is tying up loose ends with his clients at Creative Artist Agency and may not join the Knicks for at least a week.
Meanwhile, Stoute has been voice of the club. He’s given three interviews since Jan. 23 on the Knicks. Before he was fired, former president Steve Mills had not spoken publicly since Nov. 10 in a bizarre post-game press conference that put former coach David Fizdale on alert.
Acting president Scott Perry last spoke then, too, though he traded the team’s best player, Marcus Morris, at the trade deadline 10 days ago. According to a source, Perry is “in the dark” about his future.
If there is a threat to the Knicks if All-Star center Anthony Davis goes back on the free-agent market in 2021, it is the Bulls. The Lakers center is back in his hometown Chicago for All-Star Weekend. Unless things collapse in some unforeseen way, Davis is expected to re-sign this summer with the Lake Show.
However, The Post has reported league insiders believe he may sign a short-term deal – the kind 35-year-old LeBron James popularized. That is a two-year package with an opt-out after one season. That would put him on the market in 2021 when the Knicks should have cap space.
Davis included the Knicks on his short trade wish list last season. His agent, Rich Paul, is also Mitchell Robinson’s new rep. Robinson and Davis have worked out together in New Orleans.
“It’s been great,” Davis said of being back in Chicago. “Glad to be back home, spend time with my family, my friends. It’s going to be a great weekend. To get back here and play in front of the fans in a place where I grew up, in a place where I had my first like big-time game, the McDonald’s game at UC. So it’s been very exciting to be back and get a chance to relive some of them high school memories that I had here in Chicago.”
Regarding the Lakers, David said, “It feels good to be in a winning situation. I think being number one in the West, we have something good going over there in L.A. I’m excited about our team. I’m excited about our chemistry.”