The New York Knicks have reshuffled their front office yet again, announcing Thursday that former executive Steve Mills has rejoined the organization as president and general manager, replacing Glen Grunwald.
Grunwald, who served as GM for two seasons, will be reassigned as an adviser, the team announced.
“I am pleased to be able to welcome Steve back to the Knicks,” team 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.”
The timing of the announcement comes as a surprise with training camp practices beginning Tuesday.
Mills previously worked with the Knicks for 10 years as president of MSG Sports (Dolan oversees MSG as its executive chairman) and hired Isiah Thomas, who presided over the team during one of its least successful stretches, with the Knicks missing the playoffs in six of their seven seasons on Thomas’ watch.
Nothing comes as a surprise when it has to do with the New York Knicks. Glen Grunwald, who has done and admirable job over the last few years, is being pushed aside for James Dolan’s friend and trusted former employee Steve Mills. Mills at one point was the most powerful man at MSG, behind the scenes that is. Now Steve returns as the Knicks embark on another season of hope.
What difference will Steve have with this roster and personal decisions? That is to be answered at the trade deadline and next summers very important free agency, the same free agency that Carmelo Anthony expects to opt out into. Is this timing perfect? Nope, it never is when it comes to James Dolan and the New York Knicks.
For once I would like the headlines to be a positive move, not a head scratcher every time they splash the Knicks name in the media. The Knicks shoot themselves in the foot every time they have a chance to, so I hope this is not another one of those times. Stay tuned!