With a new season just around the corner, the Knicks trotted out their three-headed leadership crew for a Thursday morning press conference prior to next week’s Media Day.

New head coach David Fizdale has yet to man the sidelines with a feisty Garden crowd behind him, but he’s already excited to start his first season as commander-in-chief.

“Let’s go,” Fizdale emphatically declared, with all ears of the media in attendance carefully listening to his every word.

While team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry smoothly operated with the similar catch-all buzzwords attracting notice for the Knicks rebuilding the “right way,” Fizdale reiterated the points made by the top brass; he’s on board with Mills and Perry’s plan for a patient rebuild—but he’s not here to lose games.

“We will not ever tank,” the former Memphis Grizzlies head coach announced. Fizdale then exemplified the difference between pressure and competition, with the latter being the drive he feels for this young team. Raising kids and living check to check is pressure, according to Fiz, but sports is competition, and he’s here to win every game while prioritizing the mental attributes this team of 20-somethings haven’t learned yet.

This point came up again with regards to New York’s second-round selection Mitchell Robinson, a gangly seven-footer who wowed during Las Vegas Summer League with his shot-blocking prowess. Perry mentioned Robinson’s lack of collegiate experience, which theoretically knocks him down a peg in terms of mental fortitude. The front office understands that this team is still early in a rebuild—and while potential top talent like Jimmy Butler seem attracted to New York, at the end of the day, the Knicks still have a collection of young, hungry athletes trying to prove their place in this league. No. 8 overall pick Kevin Knox is one such example, along with last year’s lottery pick Frank Ntilikina, who particularly experienced the bumps and bruises of an NBA rookie year.

The Mills-Perry-Fizdale triumvirate appeared in front of a different crowd just Tuesday evening. With Knicks season ticket holders given the opportunity to grill New York’s leadership, the three were candid in responses to such crude, straightforward questions inquiring about, for example, the prospect of adding top free agents to the team, such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Mills and Perry kept it cool then, and on Thursday they remained steadfast in delivering patient answers to a few pressing questions, too. Black sheep Joakim Noah and his absence from team activities came up almost immediately—Mills quietly remarked that the Knicks are in constant communication with the former Defensive Player of the Year’s representation, and the two will part when an equitable resolution can be made.

On the imminent possibility of a Kristaps Porzingis extension, the front office leaders stated they’ve spoken to Porzingis’ camp, and talks have begun. More importantly, Knicks brass have crystallized the idea that KP is indeed a cornerstone piece of the franchise.

Most of the morning media availability was focused on the talent the team added in the offseason and the idea of pushing the young players in the right direction for this team to build successfully. Perry mentioned the addition of former lottery picks Mario Hezonja and Noah Vonleh—two high-ceiling players who willingly chose to come to New York in order to prove their lottery status wasn’t a mistake.

Perry wants the team to take advantage of all possible top-tier talent (like Trey Burke) and build a core of athletic and versatile players. Steve Mills agreed, adding he believes the fans are ready for this kind of rebuild, despite an encounter with a fan who was displeased with the selection of Knox at number eight.

Overall, the leadership group promises to emphasize growing together as a group, getting over hurdles together, and fundamentally building a team that won’t be beat athletically on the court like in recent years. It’s easy to say that before losses pile on, but Fizdale is “locked in” to creating the special culture and environment necessary to becoming a contender.

Pressure? What pressure?