New York Knicks rehire former GM to replace Glen Grunwald
It’s alright New York Knicks fans, the rehiring that will be taking place won’t have the name Isiah Thomas attached to him. Instead, the Knicks have announced that they will be replacing Glen Grunwald with former president and general managers, Steve Mills.
The New York Knicks on Thursday announced the rehiring of Steve Mills, who served as a key executive with the franchise for 10 years, as president and general manager.
Mills replaces Glen Grunwald, who will remain with the organization as an advisor.
“I am pleased to be able to welcome Steve back to the Knicks. He is a well-respected sports executive with a strong background in basketball, as well as a familiarity with NBA operations and our company,: Knicks owner James Dolan said in a statement. “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.”
Seth Rosenthal of the Knicks blog Posting and Toasting, brings up an interesting point. Why make the decision to replace your general manager just days before media day and training camp? And worst of all, Mills may indeed have ties with Isiah Thomas.
The background on Mills, if you’ve forgotten:
Mills was initially hired as Dave Checketts’s right-hand man in 1999, and bounced around the organization (including a stint as Executive VP, a title he’s re-assuming) in the ensuing ten years. After leaving the Knicks following a demotion in 2009, he worked for Magic Johnson Enterprises, the company that recommended Isiah Thomas to Mills (who hired him, of course) in 2003.
Sounds like tough days ahead for Knicks fans.