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Knicks general manager Steve Mills sees 'special' future with Phil Jackson

James Dolan, Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden,

James Dolan, Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden, Phil Jackson, and Steve Mills, General Manager of the Knicks, stand for a photo during the press conference to announce Jackson as President of the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2014 in New York City. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Maddie Meyer

Knicks general manager Steve Mills says he believes that with new team president Phil Jackson, "together we can do something special."

Speaking in an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio's "Spike Lee's Best Seat in the House," which was recorded earlier in the week and aired Thursday night, Mills said of adding Jackson, "Obviously he has tremendous, tremendous credibility. He's won 11 championships, he understands how to build a team. I think from my standpoint, the relationships I have around the league with players and agents, as we start to think through strategically where we want to go from a free-agent standpoint, we're going to be able to understand what players are available and want to come and play in New York.

"There are not going to be surprises. We're going to have the relationships in place with players and agents, and you couple that with Phil's credibility from a championship standpoint and coaching and what he's done to build teams, I think together we can do something special."

With all the speculation that Mike Woodson will not be retained, Lee asked Mills about the effect it might have. Said Mills, "It's tough for Mike, and I'm with Mike every day and we talk about a lot of things, but the one thing about being in this league and being a coach or an executive in this league is you know these rumors are going to swirl all the time, and all of us who have been in the middle of it know the one thing we can control is how we approach our job every day and do the best we can, and I know Mike is a pro.''

Mills said it hasn't affected the players. "They like playing for Mike and they want to win, so they're going to listen to what his game plan is, try to execute it to the best of their abilities and hope that they can win games and Mike will continue to have success here. I think that's how they're approaching it."

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