The New York Knicks recently “reassigned” now former general manager Glen Grunwald and hired Steve Mills. The move was sudden and shocking.
It raised eye brows and brought up questions. Why would the Knicks do this all of a sudden? Is it possibly because they thought Grunwald was doing a bad job? Probably not, he had a huge hand in assembling the seed roster that captured the No. 2 seed a year ago and he made some good moves this past offseason.
What could it possibly be then?
To groom Allan Houston into the Knicks GM of the future?
The current assistant GM is a former Knicks player and has been involved in the organization for a while now. Mills has been in NBA front offices for a long time now and could easily tutor Houston since Mills knows a lot about the job. Houston is very familiar with the team, since as a player he was an all-star for the Knicks, and now has been a part of the front office for a while now.
He also has the respect of the players. Former Knick Chris Copeland has said he would be very excited for Houston if he did become GM one day.
Houston is also close with owner James Dolan. Dolan may give him a shot down the road since they are close. He is also has learned a GM’s skills set. He has learned under front office legend Donnie Walsh, and then learned under Grunwald, and will now get the opportunity to learn even more under successful businessman Mills.
He can learn more about the economics behind being a GM. Houston still is young so he has time to learn, and he is a former player. He understands what is going through a players mind since he was a player at one point. Houston can understand what the player is thinking and feeling, and be understanding about it and try to work things out.
Houston could very well be the next GM for the New York Knicks. Time will tell, but all signs point towards that being a strong possibility.