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Mike Woodson thinks Glen Grunwald's promotion could help his staying power

Glen Grunwald had the interim tag removed from his title yesterday. Mike Woodson could be next up for a promotion.

Woodson has led the Knicks to a 16-6 record since replacing Mike D’Antoni, and he has a longstanding personal relationship with Grunwald. They played together at Indiana University from 1977-80.

Grunwald, who will speak pregame tonight to the media, being named executive vice president and general manager could put Woodson in good position to get the interim taken away from his title, too.

“It could,” Woodson said. “It can’t hurt.

“I’ve known Glen a long time. That’s going to be hanging over my head until something is done. But I’m not going to sit here and worry about. This is a great opportunity that these guys have given me to be able to coach this team and I’m just trying to take full advantage of it and whatever happens is going to happen.”

Woodson had this to say about Grunwald’s promotion:

“I think it’s fantastic. I think he’s done an excellent job in terms of playing his role as a gm, in terms fo getting players an getting pieces in place. I couldn’t be happier for him. I’ve known Glen for a long time and how he works. I’m glad he was able to get that done.”

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