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Knicks Media Day Quotes & Tweets

Knicks Media Day Quotes & Tweets

The best / most important quotes from members of the Knicks from today’s Media Day Session, along with analysis from reporters.

  1. The day started with an announcement that the Knicks had picked up Mike Woodson’s option for the 2014-2015 season.
  2. The Knicks announce they have picked up the option on Mike Woodson’s contract for the 2014-15 season.
  3. KOACH WUDSEN HAZ JOB SEKURITEEEEE
  4. Knicks pick up option on Mike Woodson. Don’t equate that with job security…just means Woodson gets a golden parachute if he’s fired.
  5. Woodson is 72-34 as Knicks coach.
  6. Knicks Media Day set to start with new president and GM Steve Mills speaking first.
  7. Steve Mills says his new job “came about suddenly.” When Dolan approached him, he thought he had the “skill set” to rebuild organization.
  8. Mills says he will be “leaning” on the personnel men such as Gabriel, Warkentien, Mark Hughes early on.
  9. Steve Mills: “Our goal is to a win a championship this year. We think we have a good chance to do that.”
  10. Mills on several occasions sys won’t address the unorthodox timing. Says that’s more a question for Dolan, who is not here.
  11. Mills on what James Dolan and he discussed: “Jim and I talked a lot about making this a place that people want to come play.”
  12. Steve Mills just confirmed that he is considering adding someone to work directly under him. Could be someone from within.
  13. Well, if you were hoping Steve Mills would clear up the Grunwald ouster, you’ll be left wanting. Maybe JR will clear it up.
  14. Mike Woodson begins to field questions
  15. Woodson said Knicks want Melo to stay, but they’re worried about this season, defending their Division title and competing for an NBA title.
  16. Mike Woodson said Amar’e Stoudemire had another “minor procedure” on his knee. He said he’s “rehabbing nicely.”
  17. Woodson on Glen: “I have nothing to do with that change. I wish him nothing but the best from the bottom of my heart.”
  18. The conversation turns to JR Smith’s suspension…
  19. Woodson says hopes to have J.R. back for the first game. Which means sixth game after five-game suspension.
  20. Woodson on J.R.’s suspension: “I don’t condone anything like that. J.R. knows he made a major mistake. Hopefully learning experience.”
  21. J.R. Smith: “I’m more disappointed because I let my teammates down more than anything. I let Mr. Dolan down.”
  22. Woodson on J.R.’s 5-game ban. “I’m sure he will apologize to this organization and his teammates b/c we’ve made a major commitment to him.”
  23. … and his knee
  24. J.R. Smith admits he waited until after he signed to have surgery because his first obligation was to take care of his family. More honesty

BREAKING: KNICKS FIRE GM GLEN GRUNWALD, HIRE STEVE MILLS

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In what is a stunning move to say the least, Glen Grunwald has been relieved of his duties as the General Manager as the Knicks. Grunwald, who became the team’s GM after Donnie Walsh resigned in 2011, did a very solid job of building around Carmelo Anthony despite having little cap room to work with. He will remain with the team as an advisor.

Former MSG President Steve Mills will replace Grunwald and become the President and General Manager of the Knicks. Mills is an experienced executive who has worked for both MSG and the League Office. 

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I am pleased to be able to welcome Steve back to the Knicks. He is a well-respected sports executive with a strong background in basketball, as well as a familiarity with NBA operations and our company. We look forward to his leadership and believe he is the right person to help us reach our ultimate goal of winning an NBA Championship. We are grateful for Glen’s many years of valuable service and pleased that he will remain with the organization.” 

 — James Dolan

It remains to be seen what Mills will do with the roster, and what this means for the job security of coach Mike Woodson (who was very close with Grunwald). 

According to ESPN, Former Knick and current Assistant GM Allan Houston will have a bigger role with the team: “Mills is a top-notch executive with solid connections around the league, but he is not known as a talent evaluator. It’s fair to assume that Houston, a longtime Knicks player with close ties to team owner and MSG chairman James Dolan, will play a bigger role in talent evaluation and personnel decisions.”

 

I’m not sure if I agree with the move, especially given the timing (training camp is a few days away, and the season starts in a month). I guess we have to wait and see what Mills (and Houston) do with the team.

-Tommy Rothman