Mike Woodson has known Glen Grunwald for a long time. Both played at Indiana together under Bobby Knight.
So it's no surprise when Woodson says he's 'very happy' that Grunwald was officially named the Knicks GM, a role he'd held on an interim basis since last July.
Of course he's happy that his friend has some job security. But he's also happy because Grunwald may help him get hired as the Knicks' head coach next season.
"I think it's fantastic. I think he's done an excellent job in terms of playing his role as a GM in terms of getting players and putting pieces in place," Woodson said after the Knicks' shoot around on Wednesday. "And I couldn't be more happier for him. I've known Glen a long time I know how hard he works and I'm very happy that he was able to get that done."
Woodson has led the Knicks to a 16-6 record since taking over for Mike D'Antoni on an interim basis on March 14. He has said repeatedly that he'd 'love' to coach the Knicks next season.
Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan said he will evaluate the Knicks coaching situation after the season ends.
The Knicks are expected to pursue Phil Jackson and may court other candidates, such as John Calipari. Though Woodson has given the team plenty of reason to retain him.
If the Knicks don't bring back Woodson, he will will undoubtedly get interest from other teams.
Two league sources with knowledge of Woodson's thinking say the coach's first priority is to return to New York.
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