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

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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?