In a rematch of the 2011 W.N.B.A. finals, the Atlanta Dream will face the Minnesota Lynx for the title.
Diana Taurasi became an Internet sensation when she gave Seimone Augustus a peck on the cheek after the players were called for double personal fouls in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Jared Zwerling, one of Bleacher Report’s newest NBA writers, reported yesterday that the Knicks’ shocking decision to relieve Glenn Grunwald of his role earlier this week is, potentially, good news for former Knick and current assistant general manager Allan Houston.
According to Zwerling and his sources, the Knicks are likely grooming Houston to eventually take over for new GM Steve Mills in a couple of years.
This wouldn’t be a tremendous shock, considering Houston is the current Assistant GM, though that doesn’t make the abrupt Grunwald firing any less bizarre.
One of the sources Zwerling cites in the piece had this to say about Houston’s relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan.
“Dolan has always taken care of his former players, especially stars, which Allan was. I guarantee you he’s close to Allan just like Isiah Thomas and other former Knicks,”- Source #2.
We’ll probably never find out the real motivation behind the abrupt Grunwald dismissal by Dolan, but this might be the closest answer we get. Dolan is an odd guy, but he’s a guy who knows what he wants, and won’t hesitate to drastically change the course of the franchise to get it. If Zwerling’s source is accurate, and Houston’s relationship with Dolan is starting to mirror the one Isiah had(s), all the chaos this week will at least have some sort of rhyme or reason to it. On the surface, at least.
Houston has worked his way up the ladder under two very different GM’s with two very different philosophies in Grunwald and Donnie Walsh. He’s regarded highly by numerous players and executives, so perhaps Dolan zoning in on Houston being his guy to guide the franchise going forward won’t meet the same fate as the Isiah years.
Additionally, it might well be the case that Dolan — who nearly whiffed completely on the 2010 free agent class — wants to give Houston the position as the Knicks once again try and lure new stars to the Big Apple in 2015.
Lots of questions still remain, obviously, but the dust is certainly starting to settle. Maybe everything will be okay. Oh wait, it’s the Knicks, which means: PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
Steve Mills was closing in on possibly succeeding Billy Hunter as head of the NBA players’ union and was also being mentioned as a candidate to become athletic director at his alma mater, Princeton, when suddenly James Dolan re-entered his life.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger will be out indefinitely to have surgery on his injured left knee
Derrick Rose offered no apologies in explaining his decision to not return last season from an A.C.L. injury, and said the time off had helped make him a better player.
NEW YORK, September 27, 2013 – The New York Knickerbockers announced today that the team has signed forward Ike Diogu. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Diogu, 6-9, 250-pounds, holds career averages of 6.0 points, on 50.9-percent shooting, 3.1 rebounds and 12.4 minutes in 225 games (18 starts) over six seasons with Golden State, Indiana, Portland, Sacramento, L.A. Clippers and San Antonio. He spent the last two seasons playing in Puerto Rico (Arecibo) and China (Xinjiang), after playing in two games for San Antonio in 2011-12. The Buffalo, NY-native was originally selected by Golden State following three seasons at Arizona State University in the first round (ninth pick overall) of 2005 NBA Draft.
An odd choice for New York. Diogu hasn’t played much, but his per-minute scoring (17.4 pts/36, 57.8 TS%) is promising. In 2011, his last “full” season, he attempted 121 of 148 shots within 10 feet, more than half were assisted, and nearly everything seems to be in the paint. His rebounding is OK, but he doesn’t block shots. He seems like Mike Sweetney, minus the rebounding and the late night binge eating. 82games shows him to be slightl-poor/neutral on defense.
New York — The New York Knicks’ decision to demote general manager Glen Grunwald caught many around the NBA by surprise. Rick Kaplan, Marcus Camby’s agent, was particularly taken aback. He called Knicks owner James Dolan’s decision to demote Grunwald “absurd” and “cruel” and referred to the Knicks as a “toxic” atmosphere.Kaplan described Grunwald as “straightforward, honest and extremely loyal.” Grunwald traded Camby, Kaplan’s client, over the summer in a trade that netted the Knicks Andrea Bargnani.
Here is the only basketball player of consequence Steve Mills, the new president and general manager of the Knicks, has ever signed: Isiah Thomas. Mills, formerly president of MSG Sports, once thought Isiah was the most qualified person to hold the same job James L. Dolan handed Mills on Thursday.
In a stunning move, the Knicks have replaced Glen Grunwald as the team’s president and general manager with Steve Mills, the former Garden president who was fired two years ago following a falling out with upper management.
The Knicks announced that former Madison Square Garden president Steve Mills will replace Glen Grunwald as executive vice president and general manager. Grunwald will remain with the organization as "an advisor," according to a statement released by the team.
Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points, and the host Atlanta Dream beat the Indiana Fever for a 1-0 lead in the W.N.B.A.’s Eastern Conference finals.
Steve Mills, a former high-level executive at Madison Square Garden before departing in 2009, will replace Glen Grunwald, who will remain as an adviser.
This is weird.
But this is the Knicks, so of course, on a random, lovely autumn Thursday, we get this bit ‘o info over the Twitter-wire…
Hearing: Knicks soon to announce front-office shakeup that will see ex-MSG prez Steve Mills return to organization in place of Glen Grunwald
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) September 26, 2013
Which might mean absolutely nothing/a shakeup of titles or organizational structure. Or it might mean Dolan was really, RILLY peeved that Grunwald didn’t send Shumpert to Belize, via Saul Goodman’s vacuum cleaner repairman chum, Robert Forster.
Stay tuned. Gonna be a fun* afternoon!
UPDATE (12:01pm): More sources are now using the word “out” with regards to Grunwald.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 26, 2013
#Knicks will announce today former Garden president Steve Mills is returning to organization to step in role of Glen Grunwald.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) September 26, 2013
Not sure yet what's going to happen to Glen Grunwald. He could be reassigned or flat-out let go. If so, he won't any trouble finding a job.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 26, 2013
His eminence speaks (sort of):
In a statement, owner James Dolan said he believes Steve Mills is the right person to lead the Knicks to a title.
— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) September 26, 2013
And now we now (probably). Grunwald’s a Walsh-esque “advisor” and it was (probably) Dolan’s call. The Knicks!
Knicks announce Mills will be president/general manager, replacing Glen Grunwald, who will remain w/team as an advisor.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) September 26, 2013
One thing's likely talking to insiders: Was Dolan's call. Over the summer, some internal debate over roster personnel. I'm still surprised.
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) September 26, 2013
Here’s the official release, printed on a parchment torn from the pages of the Necronomicon and written in virgin ram’s blood:
“I am pleased to be able to welcome Steve back to the Knicks,” owner James Dolan said. “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.”
We’ll have some more, hopefully reasoned thoughts on all this later, perhaps as soon as we can wrench the bloody stumps that used to be our arms out of the garbage disposal, but for now, this is weird and disappointing and oh-so-very Knicks.