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Report: Steve Mills not scheduled to attend Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. press conference

Steve Mills

Steve Mills

Bill Kostroun

The Knicks signed Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four-year, $71 million contract.

More accurately, Steve Mills signed Hardaway to a four-year, $71 million contract.

Mills – who’s running the Knicks’ front office as they seek Phil Jackson’s long-term replacement – reportedly shocked some within the organization on Hardaway’s contract. Not only was it a massive payday, temporary decision-makers like Mills rarely have the authority to make moves with such long-lasting ramifications.

And it appears Mills won’t even explain himself publicly.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

Not only does this unfairly put Jeff Hornacek in the crosshairs, it also unfairly places the burden on Hardaway to defend his deal. Hardaway did nothing wrong, taking the money that was offered to him. But he’ll become the target of backlash.

Mills dodging the press conference would completely fit the culture of no accountability that persists in James Dolan’s Knicks. Maybe Mills is the perfect candidate for the permanent job.