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Knicks shake up front office: Glen Grunwald out, Steve Mills back in

Sep 26, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT


Glen Grunwald — the man who has steered the good ship New York Knicks the past several seasons, hired Mike Woodson as coach and said there was “no scenario” Jeremy Lin would not stay a Knick — has been pushed out of power.

The Knicks have re-hired Steve Mills as Team President and GM. Mills was the former COO of Madison Square Garden who hired Isiah Thomas and ushered in that era (which included the Anucha Browne Saunders sexual harassment trial and $11 million judgement). Grunwald now has the dreaded “consultant” tag.

Oh, it’s going to be a fun year in New York.

“I am pleased to be able to welcome Steve back to the Knicks,” James Dolan, executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, said in a released statement. “He is a well-respected sports executive with a strong background in basketball, as well as a familiarity with NBA operations and our company. We look forward to his leadership and believe he is the right person to help us reach our ultimate goal of winning an NBA Championship. We are grateful for Glen’s many years of valuable service and pleased that he will remain with the organization.”

Buzz around the league was Mills was a leading candidate to become the next head of the NBA players union, replacing Billy Hunter, but that seems unlikely now.

With Grunwald out it’s going to put more pressure on Knicks coach Mike Woodson — Woodson and Grunwald were college teammates at Indiana. Mills will likely want his own guy in that chair, as most GMs do.

What other potential changes this could mean is hard to predict because James Dolan is hard to predict — he is the guy who pushed for the Carmelo Anthony trade to happen at the deadline, moving a lot of assets out the door in the process. Dolan gets what he wants, and that can take the team in a lot of different directions.

  1. cantonbound13 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    No!!!!! How can anyone that hired Isiah be given an important position? Please sell the team Dolan!

    • badintent - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Not only is this knucklehead a Dolan lackey but he looks like (Dare I say ) Stu Moron Jackson, he of the Vancouver Grizzles GM and all his stupid drafts, trades,etc.Badass combination. Isn’t there a couple of smart Wall Street investment lawyers that can deal much better than the crap at 34 and 7th Ave? I’m going to a Soho power bar to find them.And dump your stock in Time Warner for holding up the deal to show the Yankees on cable. Scorched earth for them. !

  2. papichulo55 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Woodson is safe. If the Knicks do well, then Mills can say I am a smart guy for keeping Woodson. If the Knicks are a first-round casualty, then Mills can say I need to get MY guy in here. Baskeball office politics is the same as any other business.

  3. yousuxxors - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    the Knicks will never win anything with Dolan as the owner. championship franchises start from ownership and you can see that in all sports.

  4. alexb1234 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    WTF!!!!!?!?!??!?diaj;sdlfkja;sldkfja;s d;lkdaj;fsl
    Dolan was like “we are doing well and have stability? let me F this up real quick”

    54 wins, 2nd round of the playoffs, solid team just isn’t good enough….I guess Dolan liked when Mills was running the show and they were winning 30 games per year….as a Knick fan I am NOT outraged they fired grunwald, I am outraged that Dolan is obsessed with the executives who ran the team during the worst run in the almost 70 years in the franchises history…if the Knicks re-hire Isiah Thomas in ANY capacity they will lose a TON OF FANS TO THE NETS….

  5. odenxx - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    It is hard being a Knicks fan, we have the worst owner (Dolan), we have the worst sports writer/fan Stephen A. You take the guy who ran the crap ship and you basically fire the guy who mad us relevant again! This is what is wrong with owners that have always had money. They hire friends! And are not out to win.DOLAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F%&@ YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. dadeyemi - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Welp. Shumpert is probably getting traded now….God I HATE Dolan

  7. thebigcaptain2011 - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Okay, pump your brakes people. Yes, this is a bad hire, but let’s not act like the Knicks just fired the GM who oversaw a dynasty. Amare’s contract is a disaster, they traded away half the team to get Melo (yes, I know Dolan pushed the issue, but that was a horrible deal) and they overpaid a one way player in Chandler. With all of that said, I expect to see Isaiah back there soon…

    • fanofevilempire - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Grunwald made none of those moves you blame him for.

    • cruzan80 - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      They also won 50+ games for the 1st time in a decade. Got out the 1st round for the 1st time in a decade. That “one way player” was the 1st Knick to be the DPOY in about a lifetime. The scoring champ is a Knick. The 6th man of the year is a Knick. Iman Shumpert was drafted by Grunwald & he also avoided the media hype for Lin & made the SMART basketball move to sign Felton (whos better than Lin) for less. As far as Amare’s contract being a “disaster”. NOBODY, including the Suns….knew that he would be injured. Its easy to play Captain Hindsite. Every Knick should be pissed about this move. THis is the most stable run the Knicks have had in over a decade & now its gonna be run once again by the guy who helped run it into the ground.

      • henryd3rd - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Be prepared to hear the coming announcement that Isaiah Thomas is coming back in an advisory capacity!

      • thebigcaptain2011 - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        Amare Stoudamire had microfracture surgery a year before the Knicks signed him. I wouldn’t give ANY player 100 mil after having that surgery. So yes, at the time of the signing I was saying it was a bad deal.
        Other reasons why it was a bad deal: He doesn’t give a real effort on the defensive end, when he’s passed the ball he is a black hole, everyone was expecting the Knicks to make a run at Melo and, as we all know now, they can’t play on the floor at the same time.
        Try again.

  8. metrocritical - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Since he left the Pistons, everything that Isiah Thomas has touched has turned to manure and everyone involved with him has gotten some on their hands or in their shoes. The familiar stench at MSG is Mills coming back into the building.

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