Word this summer was that Knicks GM Glen Grunwald hid in his hotel room to duck the delivery of Jeremy Lin’s offer sheet. So was it a big surprise that management was, for the most part, nowhere to be found after the decision was made to not match the offer from the Houston Rockets?
But Grunwald finally addressed why the team did not match the offer sheet in a public forum.
“Basically, it comes down to the fact that Houston made a commitment to him that we weren’t prepared to make,” said Glen Grunwald. “But I’m very happy for Jeremy that things worked out for him personally and for his family and I wish him the best. But I’m more excited for our team by the team we assembled right now.”
Whether you agree with the decision or not is your opinion. We all have one. Personally, I would have matched the offer. It’s been discussed time and time again, except by the brass at MSG.
Mike Woodson, however, did not follow Grunwald’s lead. “I’m not going to discuss Jeremy Lin,” said Mike Woodson. “I think as a franchise we wish Jeremy nothing but the best. It’s a process that we went through and we were able to get a player by the name of Raymond Felton, and a guy by the name of Jason Kidd, a Pablo [Prigioni] in here – three solid point guards that I think will help our ball club as we move down the road.”
The Lin debate will continue forever unless one thing happens-he is terrible. That is the only thing that will even come close to ending the civil war between Knick fans. If he has a decent year, pro-Lin fans will jump to say I told you so. Lin detractors will simply surmise that he has no teammates and is a scoring point guard who would not have played well in a full season, or three, with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.
With the additions of Prigioni, Kidd and Felton, the point guard situation is without question improved from top to bottom over last year’s corps. The only question is will the Knicks regret the decision to let go a potential star to save cap room later.
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Quotes Via Al Iannazzone/Newsday