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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Knicks Officially Name Glen Grunwald General Manager

The Knicks have removed the “interim” tag from Glen Grunwald (the man who brought us Tyson Chandler, Jeremy Lin, JR Smith, Steve Novak and Baron Davis). He has been officially named an Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Knicks.

This being decided before the season is over has to be good news for Mike Woodson, as it seems like James Dolan is generally pleased with the Knicks. Grunwald, though, clearly had a lot more security than Woodson.

Dolan on Grunwald, “Glen has done a terrific job this season. He is an intelligent, seasoned executive and we look forward to him continuing in the role of general manager for many years to come.”

Grunwald on the news, “It has been a great honor to be a part of this storied franchise for the past six seasons. I would like to thank Mr. Dolan for this opportunity and look forward to building on our commitment to give our fans a team that they can be proud of today, and in the future.”

Congrats to Grunwald. A well deserved promotion!

29 comments on “Knicks Officially Name Glen Grunwald General Manager

  1. BigBlueAL

    According to Isola this has nothing to do with the job he has done this season it all has to do with the fact that he is friends with Isiah lol

  2. Brian Cronin

    Ha!

    While that is, of course, ridiculous, it is pretty weird how both Grunwald and Woodson are closely tied to Isiah (weird as in “wow, that is a weird coincidence” not as in “wow, what a weird conspiracy that is”).

  3. max fisher-cohen

    William Wesley and CAA represent Carmelo Anthony, Grunwald and Warkentien and I think do influence a lot of decisions in the NBA and probably helped with this decision, but Grunwald has earned it for sure, and I don’t think you can start up with the conspiracy theories unless, for example, Calipari is hired this summer.

  4. JC Knickfan

    Brian Cronin:
    Ha!

    While that is, of course, ridiculous, it is pretty weird how both Grunwald and Woodson are closely tied to Isiah (weird as in “wow, that is a weird coincidence” not as in “wow, what a weird conspiracy that is”).

    As long they don’t bring back Isiah in anyway shape or form. I went from 10 straight year watch 5-6 game at MSG to pretty much stop watching basketball at all including TV during 2007 and 2008 season. The evil he laid on this Franchise will be for every know as the worst run Franchise in Sports for this century

  5. Frank

    Is it going to be Grunwald’s call on Woodson? If so, you have to think he’s coming back.

    I think Woodson deserves a 3 year deal, if only because a 2 year deal gives him almost no chance in terms of non-lame-duck time. It’s not like Dolan cares whether he pays him to go away if he does a terrible job in year 1 or 2. But a 3 year deal gives at least the appearance of stability, which is what this franchise needs so badly.

  6. Z-man

    Good decision, seems like a decent guy with a nose for talent. Chandler, Lin, Novak, all good moves.

    On to the playoffs: assuming we play the Heat, it is occurring to me more and more that Baron Davis is the biggest X-factor for us. He has to come up big and generate a plus matchup for us vs. the Miami PGs, none of whom are very good. I am hoping (more like praying) that his playoff adrenaline gets pumping and he conjures some PnR magic with Amare and Tyson, a couple of timely 3′s, some effective doubles on Wade and LeBron, etc. He looked a bit fresher vs. Teague and the Hawks (Teague and Chalmers are similar, right?) and the rest between games should help him a bit.

    To state the obvious, it is absolutely critical that we win one of the first 2 in Miami. Somehow, I think we will manage to pull one of these out, mainly due to Chandler’s leadership and either Melo or Amare just willing us to a win. If we do that, it just might develop into a classic first round rivalry series, worthy of the late 90′s.

    Hoping that the boys are gettin’ all Bart Scott on us: CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

  7. Z

    Frank:
    Is it going to be Grunwald’s call on Woodson?If so, you have to think he’s coming back.

    I think it’s Dolan’s call. And I think it’s Phil Jackson’s job to turn down, and then Woodson is probably the next name on the list.

  8. max fisher-cohen

    After how well the Knicks have performed this season, other teams may make offers to Woodson. I wonder if there’s an extended flirtation with Jackson, and another team puts pressure on him to decide quickly, might Woodson head elsewhere?

  9. Frank

    Z: I think it’s Dolan’s call. And I think it’s Phil Jackson’s job to turn down, and then Woodson is probably the next name on the list.

    You’re probably right but I don’t see how Phil wants this job with this roster. He has a C and PF who don’t really know how to pass out of the post, and a shoot-mostly-first PG in Lin. I think Woodson should be the #1 choice and by a lot. You already know what he brings to the table, and you already know the team responds to him. You cannot possibly expect anything more from an interim coach than DOUBLING the winning percentage of the previous coach (Knicks were 18-24 (.360) with MDA and 16-6 with Woodson (.727)).

    A distant #2 for me, as much as I love him, is JVG.

  10. Z

    I’ve been a really big fan of Grunwald since Febuary of 2008 when he put a trade together that would have sent Zach Randolh to Denver in exchange for JR Smith, Eduardo Najera, Steven Hunter, and Linas Kleiza. Apparently Grunwald, hired as an Isiah loyalist, worked really hard to put that deal together, and was angry when Isiah did an about face and rescinded the offer (which Denver had reportedly agreed to– can you confirm this Ruruland??)

    I hated Zach Randolph so much at the time that I was ready to vote for Grunwald over Obama in the CA primary.

    I’m glad he’s done well here (even if he was initially hired for all the wrong reasons).

    “a well deserved promotion!” -Brian C.

    When was the last time you wrote THAT about somebody in the Knick organization?? (Jeff Van Gundy’s rise to head coach in 1996?)

  11. Z-man

    A random thought: it’s pretty incredible how badly some teams seem to have messed up on their 2011 draft picks. Too early to tell for sure, but Fredette, Vesely, Walker, Thompson, Biyombo, Vucevic, etc. all look like they were taken way too soon. Seems like Shump, Kawhi and Faried all should have been lottery picks. Glad we didn’t whiff on this one, and that Jimmer or Walker didn’t fall to us, and that we didn’t go for Singleton like many here and elsewhere wanted us to.

  12. nicos

    Z-man:
    A random thought: it’s pretty incredible how badly some teams seem to have messed up on their 2011 draft picks. Too early to tell for sure, but Fredette, Vesely, Walker, Thompson, Biyombo, Vucevic, etc. all look like they were taken way too soon.Seems like Shump, Kawhi and Faried all should have been lottery picks. Glad we didn’t whiff on this one, and that Jimmer or Walker didn’t fall to us, and that we didn’t go for Singleton like many here and elsewhere wanted us to.

    This was a really tough year for rookies- no summer and a short training camp. It’s probably no coincidence that the three guys you listed- Shump, Faried, and Leonard were also probably the three best athletes in the draft.

  13. Brian Cronin

    Leonard is the one that really puzzles me. There were legitimate concerns with Shump and Faried that I could see why you wouldn’t take them in the Top 10 (I’d disagree, but I could understand it at least), but how any NBA GM looked at Leonard and did not think that he would be an impact NBA player is beyond me. What more did the guy have to do in college for a team to take him in the top 10? When the Spurs are trying to trade down to draft a guy, that is typically a good sign, ya know?

  14. Owen

    Yeah, Kawhi has been great. Though even I wonder how things would have turned out for him if he had ended up in say, Charlotte. It was a real head scratcher he fell so far…

    I think Fredette was an awful pick. Those other guys I could see pulling their act together. Biyombo could at least be a serious fantasy asset at some point. Walker has been surprisingly bad, I thought he would be ok.

    But the draft is a real crapshoot, no getting around that….

  15. Owen

    i’ll tell you what, this Utah Jazz lineup with Favors, Millsap, and Jefferson is kind of sick. Millsap at the 3. Not that I would have noticed it without B-Pro….

    “Saturday’s overtime win over the Orlando Magic was the ultimate triumph for Millsap at small forward. The Jazz played the lineup for the entire second quarter, about five minutes apiece in the third and fourth and the entire extra session. It completely changed the tenor of the game. With the big lineup, Utah outscored Orlando 71-37 (+34 points). That’s remarkable in a game the Jazz won by 10; all other lineups were outscored by 24 points.”

  16. Brian Cronin

    Good news for the shot in the dark that the Knicks have for getting the #6 seed. The Clippers lost, which means that the #4 seed is still in play for Memphis. So they might very well have to play to beat Orlando.

    Now we just have to hope Charlotte can shock Orlando (I did say shot in the dark).

  17. Shad0wF0x

    It really saddens me that 2 of the 7 wins that Charlotte won were against the Knicks. But if the Knicks win against the Clips and Bobcats and the Magic lose every game they have left, I’ll be happy to face the Pacers.

  18. StatsTeacher

    All true. . . .when/if Charlotte gets Anthony Davis wonder if that will translate into some wins — they have so far to go. I will be shocked if Orlando loses to them. . . . . .

    Sacto blew it on Freddete, but the other isiah Thomas (drafted late 2nd round) is playing well.

    Owen:
    Yeah, Kawhi has been great. Though even I wonder how things would have turned out for him if he had ended up in say, Charlotte. It was a real head scratcher he fell so far…

    I think Fredette was an awful pick. Those other guys I could see pulling their act together. Biyombo could at least be a serious fantasy asset at some point.Walker has been surprisingly bad, I thought he would be ok.

    But the draft is a real crapshoot, no getting around that….

  19. Kikuchiyo

    It’s a bit sad watching Phoenix tonight. Nash deserves better. His team is such a dog’s breakfast of second tier players.

    And I noticed that Miami sat the Big Three tonight: LeBron, Wade, and Eddy Curry. (Well, the ESPN box score had no Bosh listed.) Curry can’t even get into garbage time or white flag games like this one. But he’s still on the roster. Has anyone heard anything about how the Curry redemption project really went? Or is he just hurt?

  20. jon abbey

    Shad0wF0x:
    It really saddens me that 2 of the 7 wins that Charlotte won were against the Knicks.

    they weren’t, NY has won two of three against them, although the second one was close (the one game I attended this year, on gift tix since I refuse to support Dolan).

  21. Shad0wF0x

    jon abbey: they weren’t, NY has won two of three against them, although the second one was close (the one game I attended this year, on gift tix since I refuse to support Dolan).

    Oh ok. My mistake. Was it last year that they lost twice to them? Or is this just some memory I’m making up?

  22. JK47

    BigBlueAL:
    Nets are going to really regret trading Favors.

    The Jazz got Favors plus the pick that turned into Enes Kanter, PLUS another first round pick which could very possibly turn out to be Golden State’s pick this year. Right now the Nets are tenuously holding onto that pick.

    Golden State’s pick is top 7 protected. They currently have the 8th worst record in the league. If Golden State loses to San Antonio in their last game, they will finish at 23-43, tied with either New Jersey and Toronto, who play each other in the final game. BUT San Antonio has already clinched the conference, and are certainly going to rest all their veterans. If Golden State beats San Antonio, the Nets lose that pick unless the Warriors win the lottery.

    It could end up a worst-case scenario for New Jersey, losing their first round pick by one draft slot. This is a deep draft and there are several very valuable players who could fall to that #8 pick– guys like Jared Sullinger, Kendall Marshall, Austin Rivers… I would be absolutely sick about losing that pick if I were a Nets fan. The Jazz just murdered them in that trade. Imagine how nice the Nets would have been moving into Brooklyn with Favors, Kanter, Austin Rivers plus their own high first rounder in next year’s draft to go along with the other young guys they have over there.

    Instead they have bubkis.

  23. JK47

    @28

    Oh wait, the Nets don’t have their own first rounder this year; they would have Houston’s pick, but it’s top 14 protected and Houston would currently draft… wait for it… 14th overall.

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