New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Knicks announced that former executive Steve Mills has been hired as president and general manager.
Mills will replace Glen Grunwald, who served as GM for two seasons. Grunwald will be reassigned as an adviser.
“I am pleased to be able to welcome Steve back to the Knicks,” team owner James Dolan said in a statement. “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,” Dolan added.
“It is an honor and a privilege to work for such a storied franchise, and I look forward to doing whatever it takes to make the Knicks a successful franchise and a team that fans can be proud of, both now and in the future,” said Mills
Aside from the Knicks, Mills also worked for the NBA as a senior vice president of basketball and player development. Mills’ hiring came as a surprise and happened just days before training camp practices start Tuesday.
Mills previously worked with the Knicks for 10 years as president of MSG Sports (Dolan oversees MSG as its executive chairman).
He hired Isiah Thomas, who presided over the team during one of its least successful stretches, with the Knicks missing the playoffs in six of their seven seasons on Thomas’ watch.
The tumultuous period of Mills’ reign included a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Anucha Browne Sanders, a Knicks’ former senior vice president of marketing and business operations.
Sanders successfully sued MSG as a jury in October 2007 ordered the Knicks to pay her $11.6 million after finding she endured crude insults and unwanted advances from then-coach Thomas.
Mills was demoted by the Knicks in the summer of 2008. Thomas was fired in 2008 as well but remains a confidant of Dolan.