The New York Knicks couldn’t let us just coast into training camp next week, right? Right. In a surprising move, the team announced they are demoting GM Glen Grunwald to “advisor” AKA moving him to a cabin in New Hampshire and promoting team executive Steve Mills in his place. Why oh why and what does this mean?
Speculation is running rampant about the implications of the move but most people seem to think it means James “Jimmy D and The Straight Shot” Dolan didn’t want Grunwald heading up the potential overhaul in the 2015 off-season. This isn’t very sensible considering the admirable job Grunwald has done the past couple of seasons but we all know sense isn’t always paramount in the Knicks decision making. Allan Houston is apparently being groomed for a full-time GM role and should immediately take on more influence with the organization because of this move. Mills is more of a big picture/business executive type and lacks any type of history when it comes to player evaluation.
This decision also has generated fear of an official Isaiah Thomas return in some capacity. We already know he has Dolan’s ear but could he brought into a more defined role? Let’s hope not. The long term status of Mike Woodson and Iman Shumpert is also being considered a bit more shaky now since Grunwald was a large advocate for both and there are rumblings that Dolan isn’t Shumpert’s biggest fan since he is a young, ascending, very talented player. Again…Jimmy D!
These are the Knicks and this how they are run. Today’s decisions shouldn’t have too much of a tangible impact on the 2013-2014 season. The Knicks have assembled a deep, talented roster that should be among the Eastern Conference’s best. However, the long term future just got a little more hazy. Who knows the Knicks could trade all their draft picks before 2030 by week’s end now.