Saturday, April 28, 2012
Grunwald talks Isiah, Woodson
By Ian Begley
Knicks GM Glen Grunwald played with Isiah Thomas at Indiana University. The two remain close to this day.
So Grunwald was asked on ESPN 1050's "The Michael Kay Show" on Friday if he had any plans to bring Thomas back into the Knicks organization.
"Isiah has been a great friend of mine for a long time," Grunwald told Kay. " We've worked together, we've been friends together. I don't want tho say anything about our staffing … we're not even going to deal with any of that right now."
In August 2010, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan tried to hire Thomas as a consultant.
The hiring was essentially nixed by the NBA because of Thomas' position as head coach of Florida International University, which created a conflict of interest.
That conflict of interest no longer exists; Thomas was fired by FIU earlier this month. So there's been speculation that Thomas may re-join the organization in an official capacity.
Interim coach Mike Woodson also played at Indiana with Grunwald and Thomas.
On Friday, Grunwald was effusive of his praise of Woodson, whom he remains close with. But the GM stopped short of endorsing Woodson for the Knicks coaching job next season. He said the playoffs will factor into the decision and it would be one made by the organization, meaning Dolan will have input.
"I think Woody's done an unbelievable job and I can't imagine some one who could have done a better job that him this year. Obviously, he's really helped his case," Grunwald said. "The playoffs will be a factor but, like I said, I think he's done a better than good job, he's done a great job. The players have obviously voiced their support -- you've heard that -- so those are all positive things."