Isola: Shaky Offseason Led to Knicks Shakeup
With the Brooklyn Nets having won the offseason with several franchise-changing moves and [James] Dolan still bitter about a second-round playoff loss to the Indiana Pacers, the impulsive owner of the Knicks decided it was time for a shakeup.
The same source confirmed that Dolan felt that Glen Grunwald, who was demoted on Thursday from general manager to adviser, hadn’t done enough to bolster the roster over the summer and felt he needed to make a change despite the Knicks coming off their best season in 13 years. The hiring of [Steve] Mills as the Knicks’ new president and general manager seemingly came out of nowhere because it did. It was a case of Dolan being Dolan and looking to blame someone for losing to a lower-seeded team and for the Nets invading his territory.
What remains unclear is how the appointment of Mills will affect several key members of the organization. Head coach Mike Woodson, Grunwald’s former college teammate at Indiana, appears safe for now. Last spring, Woodson guided the Knicks to their first playoff series win since 2000, and he has the backing of Carmelo Anthony. Woodson is entering the final year of his contract and there already have been discussions of the Knicks offering him an extension as a sign of stability.