The Knicks Import a Thomas Loyalist

The Globe and Mail reports Isiah Thomas's former college roommate, Glen Grunwald, is coming to the Knicks:

Grunwald and Thomas have known each other for years, dating back to when they were college teammates at Indiana University. Thomas, who was put in charge of Toronto's expansion franchise in 1994, brought Grunwald to Toronto in the first place.

Thomas, who will be taking over the Knicks' coaching duties this season after the disastrous one-year reign of Larry Brown, is in desperate need of an experienced hand to help him out with his front-office duties, a person that he can trust. Grunwald fits that bill.

The best part is that Glen Grunwald has a blog. Pray that he keeps that up in the NBA. That would be great. As it is, it's fun to see the situation play out. Last Tuesday he was saying:

It seems that every time a managerial job opens up in the NBA, my name comes up and they quite often contact me -- and that's happened again this time with the Knicks. However, there has been no formal offer of a contract or a job.

Frankly, I've got a lot of good reasons, personal and professional, to stay right where I am. I love this city and I get a lot of fulfillment from working at the Board of Trade.

Today he acknowledges that he is leaving for the Knicks, although commuting from Toronto:

As I've said before, there are a lot of good reasons for me to love this place and I’m not going to be cutting my ties here. I will still have my house and family here (my wife’s in her first year of law school and my son Gabe is playing on Stouffville Clippers hockey team – undefeated, by the way!). I’m still involved in projects like HoopDome at Downsview Park. So, I’ll be commuting regularly.

Toronto is a great city and while I have to say goodbye to the Board of Trade, I’m not about to let go of my adopted hometown.

Love how the house comes before the family. At least he didn't say "pets, house, and family."