As New York Knicks media day kicks off, there will be plenty of hot topics for Knicks players and personnel to have to answer for, but no one may be on the hot seat more than Knicks’ general manager Glen Grunwald.
Grunwald played musical chairs with the Knicks roster in the offseason and brought aboard four of the six current oldest players in the NBA, but that’s not even the hottest topic that Grunwald will be forced to answer for today.
That question will be a simple one- “Why did you allow Jeremy Lin to leave as a free agent?”
To date, Grunwald has never answered for that. After the decision not to match Lin’s offer-sheet with the Houston Rockets, Grunwald hasn’t answered questions and Mike Woodson had been ordered not to comment on the situation.
Everyone has had their opinions though, but most of the majority felt that it was too much money for a guy with so little experience.
While that’s all true, maybe it’s as simple as Grunwald felt Raymond Felton was a better fit on this team than Lin.
According to a report from the New York Post’s Marc Berman writes:
According to a person close to Grunwald, Felton was a better fit for Woodson’s halfcourt style. Lin was a scourge in Mike D’Antoni’s read-and-react speedball system that relies heavily on point-guard penetration and decision-making. That’s the old days. Now Felton, Kidd and Spanish Leaguer Pablo Prigioni form a three-headed point guard platoon that better befits Woodson’s structured style.
That’s all true. Lin had a magical 48 day run in a Knicks uniform, but that’s all it was. Many Knicks fans will still remain upset, but Grunwald’s move was a basketball move and not a financial move.
It’s just possible Felton is the better, more proven player than Lin, who is 24, coming off knee surgery and never having played an 82-game schedule or a playoff game.
There were too many unknowns as it related to Lin and the Knicks’ championship window is closing. Felton had a solid run in his lone, 54-game run with the Knicks in 2010-11 before he was moved to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade. Felton especially worked well in tandem with Amar’e Stoudemire and Grunwald is hoping that combination revives both of their careers as both are coming off of subpar years.
Sometimes it’s painful to get rid of a fan-favorite such as Lin, but if this was a basketball decision as it appears to be, then no one should still be upset.
The goal is to win a championship and this Knicks team isn’t much worse off than it was with Lin in the fold. In fact, they could turn out to be a whole lot better.
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