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Steve Mills, Scott Perry and Jeff Hornacek held a refreshingly normal NBA press conference

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Not bad!

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Knicks’ shot-callers old and new got together Monday afternoon in front of the New York media. Recently-promoted team president Steve Mills faced the press for the first time since his former boss, Phil Jackson, was fired in late June. Mills brought with him his latest hire, GM Scott Perry, as well as incumbent coach Jeff Hornacek.

The main theme to come out of this press conference was the complete and utter lack of any bizarre, self-sabotaging statements, particularly in light of every single Phil Jackson public statement over the past year. The trio made it abundantly clear that Carmelo Anthony isn’t exactly in their plans for the future—they mentioned Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina and Willy Hernangomez as players to build around—but they also didn’t go out of their way to call him a loser or selfish or anything like that.

It may have come a bit late, but Mills went into detail about why he deigned to give Tim Hardaway Jr. so much money. He makes a fair point, assuming one really does believe that strongly in Timmy’s game. Scott Perry insisted that he supports the signing—feel free to believe him or not.

Mills also said he plans to give Perry considerable freedom to reshape the front office. Take that with a healthy grain of salt, of course.

Here’s the video of the press conference. Bask in the relative competence!