Day 1 of NBA training camp brought the usual on September 30th, a day of interviews, practices and as always, a whole bundle of questions. For the New York Knicks it was all that and more.
Just days before training camp opened, Knicks owner James Dolan, made a shocking change to the organizations’ front office as general manager Glen Grunwald was replaced by former MSG President Steve Mills. Grunwald will apparently stay on as an “advisor” for the team, while Mills, the former president of The Garden, who is infamous for the signing of Isaiah Thomas back when he originally worked for the Knicks, will now be in charge.
The Isaiah Thomas issue, caused many people to question the antics of James Dolan re-hiring Mills, but fans were assured a few days later that Thomas would not be returning to the organization. While the promise could help Knicks-faithful feel better about the move, some fans are still confused as to what the problem with Grunwald was.
Grunwald took over as Knicks GM in April of 2012 after Donnie Walsh left the team. He was in charge of the team’s offseason moves this summer, which apparently did not satisfy the needs of his boss, Dolan. Though Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih are not truly amazing pickups, if you factor in the extremely limited cap space that Grunwald had to work with, I would call it an amazing summer. Picking up these players who should work perfectly in coach Mike Woodson’s system could drastically help the team.
However, Dolan felt Mills was the better leader for the present and future of the Knicks franchise and that is going to be the decision everyone has to deal with.
As for the on-the-court issues, there are plenty.
Injury-ridden forward A’mare Stoudemire revealed that he had minor offseason knee surgery (not that we should be surprised by that), while Coach Woodson continues to face the questions of who will start and what his rotation will be. Carmelo Anthony spoke at media day saying he will have to take the majority of the leadership role left behind by Jason Kidd and claimed it’s “championship or bust”, while Metta World Peace talked about enjoying his bed.
The Knicks will continue to face many questions as the season creeps closer but for now they’re going to get to work at practice and try and make this season one to remember.