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Knicks take interim tag off Glen Grunwald as general manager

Apr 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Glen Grunwald has been doing the job since last June anyway, so the Knicks have decided to make it official.

Gone is the interim tag Grunwald had in front of general manager, reports Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated (via Sulia).

First in NY, where the Knicks removed the ‘interim’ status of Glen Grunwald and announced he is executive VP and general manager. Glen took over after Donnie Walsh unexpectedly resigned last June.

Moving from Walsh to Grunwald wasn’t a huge change of philosophy, Grunwald had been Walsh’s right hand man. They had brought in Mark Warkentien from Denver not long before the Carmelo Anthony trade. I’m sure that was just a coincidence. Why would you think otherwise? Grunwald and Warkentien work in tandem.

These guys have a tough job ahead of them — first they have to find a coach. Owner James Dolan will want a splashy hire, but when Phil Jackson turns them down do they go with current interim coach Mike Woodson or another direction? Then they have to round out the roster to fit the new coach’s style. That may include going after Steve Nash, but there will be other big names discussed as well. Knicks fans will call for Amare Stoudemire to be traded, but good luck moving that massive, uninsured contract.

Have fun Grunwald. At least now the job is fully yours.

  1. leearmon - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    I have no idea if this article is to be taken seriously. As opposed to saying “.. Going after Steve Nash” how about, Grunwald was able to find Steve Novak for practically nothing. Signed Jeremy Lin, and also signed one of the favorites for defensive player of the year, Tyson Chandler all in one season. Each of those moves were pretty huge. Also, this current club seems to fit Mike Woodson’s “style” pretty well, considering they are 16-6 since he’s taken over, all the while winning during a “tough” stretch that you and others “experts” continued to discuss ad nauseam about a month ago.

    • leearmon - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      Oh and he brought in J.R. Smith too, but sure lets ignore all the positives he’s done, and write about how the Knicks may want Phil Jackson, Steve Nash and maybe even Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, 2001 Shaquille O’Neal etc.

  2. ihatecomingupwiththesenames - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Preach.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Woodson will get the job. Dolan only likes splashy hires when there are no other options. Otherwise, he prefers to stay within, which is one of the few smart things that clown does right.

    Woodson just has to have a respectable showing in the playoffs in order to get the job. Grunwald deserves the job, and all they really need to do is find someone else to play the 3/4 in the draft and the 8-9 man rotation is just fine. A full offseason and training camp and we’ll be in line for those top 3 spots in the East next year.

  4. dysraw1 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    if some non basketball individual thinks that STAT should be place on the trade block thats their problem. as for some big named coach coming here, who possibly could have done a better job than Mike Woodson who changed the culture of the club overnight. why we would not have even made the second season if not for the mid-season coaching change. if Grunwald does not see this then there are a still a great deal of front office problems.

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