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Report: Knicks hiring Barack Obama’s brother-in-law

Obama Attends First Round of the Women's NCAA Tournament

COLLEGE PARK, MD - MARCH 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (L) sits beside his brother-in-law Craig Robinson while attending the Green Bay versus Princeton women’s college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament, March 21, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. President Barack Obama’s niece Leslie Robinson plays for Princeton. (Photo by MIchael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

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Usually, a mid-level executive switching teams draws only minimal attention.

Politics make this an exception.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Milwaukee Bucks front-office executive Craig Robinson, the brother-in-law of former President Barack Obama, has accepted a position with the New York Knicks, league sources told The Vertical.

Robinson plans to fill multiple roles for the franchise, including player development and serving as general manager of the Knicks’ development league team in Westchester, league sources said.


Obviously, Obama is the big name here. He said he fantasizing about owning an NBA team. Would James Dolan sell a share of the Knicks to the former president? I doubt it gets that far, but my mind wanders that direction.

I’m also interested in the internal politics in New York. Robinson played with new/old Knicks president Steve Mills at Princeton. One of Robinson’s reported positions – Westchester Knicks general manager – was held by Allan Houston, a Dolan favorite. What happens to Houston now?