Why the New York Knicks Made a Big Mistake with Grunwald Demotion
Despite financial restrictions, the former general manager brought in seven new players and re-signed three. While some of Grunwalds moves can be considered risky, such as the acquisition of Andrea Bargnani in a deal centered around a 2014 first-round pick , most of his decisions seem to be low-risk, high-reward. Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports Glen Grunwald was demoted after putting together New York’s 2013-14 roster. He decided to bring in Metta World Peace to serve as a defensive stopper alongside Iman Shumpert. Grunwalds decision to sign point guard Beno Udrih to back up Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni gives New York a proven ball-handler and game manager. He also signed two big men in Jeremy Tyler and, more recently, Cole Aldrich to increase New Yorks frontcourt depth. Aside from the Bargnani trade, Grunwald made smart, savvy decisions to improve a Knicks roster that was ousted in the second round of the playoffs against a more physical Indiana Pacers team. He did what he needed to do to make the Knicks a more physical team capable of matching up against big, strong teams such as Indiana and the Chicago Bulls . Not only has Grunwald improved the Knicks roster during his tenure with New York, but he has also helped the team advance to the second round of the playoffs, which no general manager had done in New York in over a decade, as Frank Isola of the New York Daily News said via twitter. Glen Grunwald did a lot with the little he had to work with. Knicks snapped a 13-year streak of not winning a playoff series…and he’s out Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) September 26, 2013 And what is Grunwalds reward for his efforts? A demotion to an advisory role.
The SUV driver took off, plowing through the crowd. Police say the bikers chased the driver, ambushed his car and attacked him. The driver needed stitches. His wife and toddler were in the car but weren’t injured. CBS News correspondent Don Dahler reported on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday that the driver is not facing any charges , but the New York City police commissioner did not rule that out Tuesday, saying the investigation is ongoing. Play Video Motorcycle gang called “rebels without a clue” The video of the confrontation has already gotten more than 4 million hits on YouTube and begins when one of the riders is seen slowing down directly in front of the SUV. Police say that was deliberate. Alexian Lein, 33, his wife and their child were in the black Range Rover Sunday when dozens of bikers forced them to a stop in the middle of the highway. It’s still unclear why, but police say they started attacking the SUV and then the driver hit the gas. “When you look at the video, you can see he’s running over something,” said the biker’s wife, Diana Mieses. “It’s not just a motorcycle; it’s a human being that was under there.” The family of biker Jay Mieses said he was seriously injured when the SUV plowed into several bikers. “He got scared and peeled off and paralyzed my husband on the way,” Mieses said. Yolando Santiago, the injured biker’s mother, said that all of her son’s ribs are fractured and his lungs are so badly bruised that he is still on a ventilator. “We believe he has two broken legs, and he’s intubated, and he may be paralyzed,” New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. However, Kelly would not say whether the SUV driver was right or wrong in what he did.
New York state a steal? Yep, in this key insurance category
Yep, in this key insurance category Enlarge Bloomberg Despite last year’s Super Storm Sandy that left significant damage along New York’s coast line, residents are only seeing 1.1% increases in homeowner policy rates after they file their first claim. On Monday, we discussed why banking in New York City is actually more affordable than other areas of the country, thanks to a Bankrate.com survey. But that’s not the only area where New York is a surprising bargain. Bankrate’s sister comapny, InsuranceQuotes.com , released a study this morning that shows New York State residents with homeowner policies see only a 1.1% hike a on average–in their insurance rates after they make their first claim on said policy. That number is quite low. New York is only bested by Texas, which by law does not allow insurance providers to bolster rates at all after a policyas first filed claim. The national average for rate increases after an initial claim is filed is a 7.9% bump from New Yorkas stat at 9%. Despite a large number of New York residents who saw protected property damaged by last yearas Super Storm Sandy , the state has managed to stay far away from the rate increases of Minnesota, which leads the nation with 21.2% premium hikes on average after a single claim is filed. Residents of neighboring New Jersey sit right at the average with approximately 9% increases after an inaugural claim is filed . Because of states like that, senior insurance analyst at InsuranceQuotes.com, Laura Adams urged U.S. residents to weigh their options before filing damages to covered properties with their provider. aHomeowners should think very carefully about whether or not to make a claim,a she said via a release. aLetas say you have a $1,000 deductible and the claim is going to lead to a 20% rate hike; itas probably not worth making a modest-sized claim.a Page 1