Archive for April 24th, 2012

The New York Knicks announced today that Glen Grunwald has been named executive vice president and general manager. Grunwald had been serving in this role on an interim basis since July.

“Glen has done a terrific job this season,” Executive Chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company James 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 joined the Knicks on Sep. 6, 2006 as the team’s senior vice president, basketball operations, following a decade with the Toronto Raptors (1994-2004), including seven seasons as general manager. He has served as New York’s interim general manager since Jul. 1, 2011.

“It has been a great honor to be a part of this storied franchise for the past six seasons,” Grunwald said. “I would like to thank Mr. 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.”

The Golden State Warriors have promoted Bob Myers to General Manager, the team announced today.  Larry Riley, who has spent the last four years in the Warriors’ front office – including the last 12 months as General Manager/Executive VP of Basketball Operations – will remain with the organization as the team’s Director of Scouting.

Myers, 37, joined the Warriors on April 14, 2011 as Assistant General Manager/Vice President of Basketball Operations following a highly-successful 14-year stint as a representative to numerous NBA players.  During the last year with Golden State, Myers has worked closely under the tutelage of Riley on all Basketball Operations matters, including contract negotiations, talent evaluation, roster management, scouting and CBA compliance.  In his new role, Myers will report to Co-Executive Chairman & CEO Joe Lacob and will oversee the entire Basketball Operations Department on a day-to-day basis.

“We’re extremely pleased to announce Bob’s promotion as we conclude the 2011-12 season,” said Lacob.  “We are confident that he is the right person to guide our Basketball Operations Department into the long-term future and, similarly, through a very important time for this franchise as we begin to prepare for next season.  As we acknowledged a year ago, we think his potential as a young executive in this business is outstanding and that intuition was certainly confirmed during his first year with the organization.  Bob is a well-respected, intelligent and dedicated executive who has developed many solid relationships in the game of basketball and understands what it takes to be successful in this business.  He’s the ideal person for this job.”

A Bay Area native who attended Monte Vista High School in Danville, Myers graduated from UCLA in 1998 with a degree in Business/Economics and later earned his Law Degree from Loyola Law School.  As a member of the UCLA basketball team, Myers and the Bruins captured the 1995 NCAA Championship during his sophomore season and advanced to the 1997 Elite Eight two years later.

Prior to joining the Warriors last spring, Myers spent five years at Los Angeles-based Wasserman Media Group (WMG), one of the largest global and sports entertainment companies in the world.  He represented a client list of nearly 20 NBA players before his departure from WMG.  Myers began his career in 1997 as an intern at Tellem and Associates in Los Angeles – working under long-time sports agent Arn Tellem – and eventually served as Vice President of SFX Sports.  He negotiated over $575 million in contracts during his 14 years in the business.

“I’m grateful for this tremendous opportunity and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead,” said Myers.  “The last year has been a learning experience for me as I’ve had the chance to familiarize myself with all facets of the organization while working with Joe, Peter, Larry, Coach Jackson, Rick Welts, Jerry West and many other talented individuals.  In conjunction with all of those people, we hope to build a team that our great fans can be proud of for a long period of time.  I’m convinced that many of the pieces are in place for this organization to be extremely successful, including our ownership group.  If you have committed ownership, you have a chance in this league.  I’m excited to have that chance and the opportunity to be a part of something special.”

Riley, 68, joined the Warriors prior to the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach and has spent the last six years with the organization, including four in the front office.  Overall, he owns more than 23 years of experience in the NBA as a front office executive, coach or scout. Prior to his arrival in the Bay Area, he spent six seasons with the Dallas Mavericks (2000-01 – 2005-06), six years with the Vancouver Grizzlies (1994-95 – 1999-2000) and six years with the Milwaukee Bucks (1988-89 – 1993-94).

“Larry has been the consummate professional dating back to my initial conversations with the team almost two years ago,” said Lacob. “I’ve relied on him immensely since the early stages of our our ownership and he has done a very good job of putting this team in position to be successful in the future.  His overall body of work, including in the last year with the drafting of Klay Thompson and the acquisitions of Brandon Rush and Andrew Bogut, has been extremely solid.  Larry has laid a strong foundation and he will certainly have an imprint on our future success.  I’m happy that he has elected to remain a part of the organization as our Director of Scouting and he’ll continue to be an asset for all of us.”

“I appreciate the fact that Joe and Bob have asked me to oversee the college scouting department and I embrace this opportunity,” said Riley. “Scouting has always been in my DNA and this will allow me to contribute to the organization in a meaningful and productive manner.  Additionally, I think Bob is ready and prepared to accept this responsibility and I anticipate that he will do an outstanding job in his new position.  I know he will benefit from having an aggressive ownership group that is completely committed to reaching new heights.”

Earl Watson suffers knee injury

Earl Watson

The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Earl Watson:

Watson injured his right knee during the second quarter of the Jazz’s April 8 game at San Antonio.  Watson was examined by Jazz team orthopedist Dr. Lyle Mason the following day and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests revealed a torn medial meniscus within Watson’s right knee.  Watson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on April 17 in New York City performed by Dr. David Altchek, during which his meniscus was repaired.  Watson will miss the remainder of the Jazz season, but should be fully recovered in time for the 2012-13 season.

In this, his 11th NBA season and second with the Jazz, Watson (6-1, 199, UCLA) appeared in 50 games (two starts) and averaged 3.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 20.7 minutes per game.  He has not appeared in a game since injuring the knee April 8.

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The Lakers’ Metta World Peace has been suspended for seven games without pay for striking the Thunder’s James Harden in the head with his elbow, the NBA announced today.

The incident, which resulted in a Flagrant Foul Two and ejection, occurred with 1:39 remaining in the second quarter of the Lakers’ 114-106 victory over the Thunder on April 22 at Staples Center.

“The concussion suffered by James Harden demonstrates the danger posed by violent acts of this kind, particularly when they are directed at the head area,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said. “We remain committed to taking necessary measures to protect the safety of  NBA players, including the imposition of appropriate penalties for players with a history of on-court altercations.”

The suspension will begin with the Lakers’ next game at Sacramento on April 26.  The remaining games of the suspension will be served over the next six games in which the player is eligible and physically able to play, including this season’s playoffs.

To view the incident, click on this link.

The Los Angeles Lakers have issued the following statement from General Manager Mitch Kupchak following the NBA’s announcement of the suspension of Metta World Peace:

“Metta has for the most part been a model citizen both on and off the court since joining the Lakers. Still, his most recent lapse in judgement is not to be condoned or accepted. His actions could have seriously injured another player, and his absence during this suspension will hurt our team as well. While we accept the league’s decision, we will be supportive of Metta and try to help him be more professional on the court.”

Courtney Lee hopes to stay with Rockets

Courtney Lee

Because guard Courtney Lee is a restricted free agent, his future is in the Rockets’ hands. The team can match any offer sheet he signs, but he said that would be fine with him.

“I’d love to stay in Houston,” Lee said. “I have little control over that. The only thing I can control is how I play every night and give 100 percent effort. The off-the-court stuff is up to the front office and owner. I’d like to stay, but that’s their decision.

“Houston is always going to be my first choice. It’s up to those guys, if I get an offer, whether they match it or if they just come out and give me an offer.”

– Reported by  Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle (Blog)

Kris Humphries hopes to stay with Nets

Kris Humphries

“Of course,” Humphries replied when asked if he wants to re-sign with the Nets. “I think everyone wants to come back and be a part of Brooklyn. But we understand that we probably won’t have the same exact team as this year, so hopefully, as many guys as possible can be a part of it.”

The Nets, though, could be headed in another direction. Sources have told ESPN NewYork.com that the team will pursue free agents Kevin Garnett, Ryan Anderson and Ersan Ilyasova in the offseason.

Reported by Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York

The Washington Wizards announced today that they have agreed to a new contract with President Ernie Grunfeld.

“Ernie has led the charge to rebuild and change the direction of the Wizards and I’m pleased that we will continue to work together to improve upon what we’ve accomplished,” said Monumental Sports & Entertainment Majority Owner, Chairman and CEO Ted Leonsis.  “In the process of almost completely turning over the team’s roster in the last two years, we have accumulated and developed young players and added veteran players while maintaining cap flexibility, all of which will help us build a competitive team going forward.”

“I’m excited to continue the process of rebuilding this team and excited about the direction that we’re headed,” said Grunfeld.  “We’ve seen significant progress from our young players and positive contributions from our veterans that have us very optimistic about our future and very eager to take the next steps to continue to improve.”

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