Glen Grunwald officially Knicks GM

Updated: April 24, 2012, 6:01 PM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The Knicks on Tuesday named interim general manager Glen Grunwald executive vice president and general manager of the team. Grunwald had been serving in the role on an interim basis since taking over for former president and GM Donnie Walsh in July.

"It has been a great honor to be a part of this storied franchise for the past six seasons," Grunwald said in a statement released by the Knicks. "I would like to thank (Madison Square Garden chairman) Mr. (James) Dolan for this opportunity and look forward to building on our commitment to give our fans a team that they can be proud of today, and in the future."

Dolan said in a statement that he looks forward to Grunwald serving as the team's GM for "years to come."

"Glen has done a terrific job this season," Dolan said. "He is an intelligent, seasoned executive and we look forward to him continuing in the role of General Manager for many years to come."

Grunwald has made several moves in his brief tenure as interim GM that have worked out well for the Knicks.

He executed a three-team sign-and-trade to acquire Tyson Chandler in the offseason. Chandler was one of the most coveted centers on the free-agent market.

The former Dallas Maverick has been instrumental in turning the Knicks from a poor defensive team into one of the top five in the league.

Grunwald also acquired veteran forward Steve Novak for a veteran's minimum contract. Novak is one of the best 3-point shooters in the league this year.

In addition, Grunwald signed Jeremy Lin shortly after the season started. Lin emerged from the end of the Knicks bench to become the team's starting point guard. He lead the team to a 7-0 record in February, turning New York's season around and becoming an international phenomenon in the process.

Though it should be noted the Knicks were on the verge of cutting Lin before he turned in a 25-point, seven-assist night against the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 4.

Grunwald will be faced with several major decisions this offseason, the first of which will be to hire a head coach.

Mike Woodson is coaching the team on an interim basis. He's led the Knicks to a 16-6 record since taking over for Mike D'Antoni on March 14. Woodson may benefit from the Grunwald hire because both he and Grunwald played college basketball at Indiana together and they remain close.

Woodson said on Tuesday he would 'love' to return to the Knicks next season.

"I think when you've been given an opportunity to start something, you'd love to finish it. But again that's not my call," Woodson said. "And i think when that time comes, I'll probably have an opportunity to sit down and talk to Mr. Dolan and management about it and hopefully it will work in my favor."

Woodson has the support of Carmelo Anthony, who told ESPN's Hannah Storm that he "absolutely" thinks Woodson is the right man for the Knicks next season.

"I'm a big supporter of what coach Woodson has done. His approach to the game, and what he gets out of all his players, even me. He holds everybody accountable and that's what we need," Anthony told Storm in an interview for ESPN's "Face2Face."

Grunwald also will have to make decisions this offseason on Lin (restricted free agent), Baron Davis (free agent), J.R. Smith (has a player option for 2012-2013, but is expected to decline), among others.

The 53-year-old Grunwald joined the Knicks on Sep. 6, 2006, as the team's senior vice president, basketball operations, after a decade with the Toronto Raptors (1994-2004), including seven seasons as general manager.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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