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Friday, September 27, 2013
Agent on Grunwald demotion: 'Absurd'

By Ian Begley

New York -- The New York Knicks' decision to demote general manager Glen Grunwald caught many around the NBA by surprise.

Rick Kaplan, Marcus Camby's agent, was particularly taken aback. He called Knicks owner James Dolan's decision to demote Grunwald "absurd" and "cruel" and referred to the Knicks as a "toxic" atmosphere.

Kaplan described Grunwald as "straightforward, honest and extremely loyal."

Grunwald traded Camby, Kaplan's client, over the summer in a trade that netted the Knicks Andrea Bargnani.

Kaplan said Grunwald "couldn't have handled that tough situation better."

He also disagreed with the way Dolan treated Grunwald, who was reassigned on Thursday and replaced by Steve Mills.

Here's what Kaplan said about the move:

"Glen's firing is absurd and the timing is cruel. Here is a guy that remarkably created a winning atmosphere in one of the most toxic NBA environments today," Kaplan said in an email to ESPNNewYork.com. "He did everything he was asked to do by his owner, and did it with a smile on his face. The only good news is that some lucky team will have Glen fall in its lap and he can finally work for a team that appreciates his enormous talent and class."

Question: What do you think of Dolan's decision to demote Grunwald?