It's a war people..a war between Dolan and Prokhorov..it started with some tauntings from each side,continued with players statements,and NY media made it a gigantic issue..
Do you know how much it hurts when you own one of the most storied franchises in the league,waiting 11 years just to win 1 playoff game,to be considered the worst owner in franchise's history , and then out of nowhere a Russian guy with the attitude ''i want to win and i want it now'',brings not just another team,but the hated neighboors to new york and immediately making boisterous moves which by many considered championship moves? NY is now the Nets city and stuff like that?
I believe the answer in why Dolan replaced Grunwald is simple.
The thing with Prokhorov has become very personal,He is on a war and now believes he has lost the scepters of the city..His ego is hurt..and he believes it's Granwald's fault..
When your enemy brings to his team KG and Pierce FOR NOTHING + Kirilenko,it is more than obvious that our GM is going to be judged for bringing in just a bunch of role players..i mean we should at least expect that comparison to Billy King..
Dolan simply believes that his rival made the best and the most noisy additions for his team,while his team has just added some role players..
For Dolan,Grunwald failed bringing to the team a legitimate scorer which Melo openly admitted that he wants..Maybe it was impossible.maybe it wasn't..Probably it was possible in Dolan's mind though..Dolan obviously believes that we have the assets to land another star player to pair with Melo..and expected from Grunwald to make such a move,especially when ''the others'' took KG and Pierce..
Even if he doesn't believe we have the assets,it doesn't matter..the only thing that matters is that he lost in communication battle from that Russian guy..
Of course Grunwald deserves props for bringing good role players,but can anyone tell me how many teams the last 30+ years or even in league's history won a championship with just one star player and a bunch of role players?
The conclusion is that Glen's replacement is nothing more than the consequence from that Dolan-Prokhorov war..
Oh and another thing..i don't have any opinion about Dolan,possitive or negative,just the fact that he has the habit of sticking his nose and taking decisions for his team by ιgnoring other people sometimes..but most of all i definetely don't believe he is stupid as many posters believe..
Never consider a self made billionair stupid..
And in any case,the team that many posters believe is the second best in the east(i totally dissagree),only to miami,is set for the next two years and i can't understand why people freak out that much..
Enjoy the season