Sunday, August 17, 2014
Grunwald: Knicks are in 'good hands'
By Ian Begley
Ex-Knicks GM Glen Grunwald has taken his talents to Canada.
Grunwald, who was fired as Knicks GM less than a week before training camp last season, has accepted a position as Director of Athletics and Recreation at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
“I’ve always had an interest in university athletics and working in administration,” Grunwald said by phone earlier this month. “I’ve always thought this would be a fun and rewarding job to have.”
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Grunwald was in the mix for the Memphis Grizzlies opening that eventually went to Ed Stefanski. He said that the search firm looking to fill the McMaster position contacted him to see if he knew of any quality candidates. Naturally, Grunwald nominated himself.
“They have good facilities, they have successful programs ... there’s a lot of good things going on there,” Grunwald said of McMaster, ranked annually as one of Canada’s top universities. “It’s got a really good vibe so hopefully I can enhance and build upon the good work that’s already been done before me.”
Grunwald certainly did that as Knicks GM.
The team he put together won 54 regular season games, a division title and a first-round playoff series in 2013.
Grunwald was surprisingly fired in the offseason by Knicks owner James Dolan. Dolan replaced Grunwald with Steve Mills, who is currently the team’s GM under president Phil Jackson.
“My last year there I was happy about the success that the team had. I wished I would have had the opportunity to continue there, but it didn’t work out and now it’s time for everyone to move on,” Grunwald said. “But it was great working for New York and the Knicks. I owe a lot to [former president and GM] Isiah Thomas for bringing me there and [ex GM] Donnie Walsh for keeping me and then Jim Dolan gave me the opportunity to be the GM for a while so I appreciate all of those guys and their support and I wish them all the best.”
Added Grunwald: “They’re in good hands with Phil Jackson and it will be interesting to see how things develop there. He certainly has a track record of success.”