Pat Riley says that not having control of the team would not necessarily prevent him from becoming coach of the New York Knicks.

Knicks president Dave Checketts and director of player personnel Ernie Grunfeld have taken those positions only recently, so the future coach of the team will not have a final say on the makeup of the team.But Riley, who acknowledged Saturday that he has been contacted by Checketts regarding the vacant coaching job, on Sunday said that not being the boss may not be a stumbling block.

"It's not about control and total autonomy or any of those things that are speculated in the press," Riley said on NBC. "It's more about whether or not everybody's on the same wave-length."

Riley said he "always thought of New York as the mecca of basketball. Even though the Lakers and now Chicago and Detroit have had their day, I can remember back in the early 70s when this was the most unbelievable place to coach and play."