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By the Grace of the Game: The Holocaust, a Basketball Legacy, and an Unprecedented American Dream

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Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Time: 07:00pm

The Annual Abram Matlofsky Memorial Program

Author Dan Grunfeld, and his father Ernie Grunfeld,
former general manager of the New York Knicks

Moderated by Craig Karmazin

By the Grace of the GameFrom the grips of the Nazis to the top of the Olympic podium, from the cheap seats to center stage at Madison Square Garden, from yellow stars to silver spoons, this complex tale traverses the spectrum of the human experience to detail how perseverance, love, and legacy can survive through generations. In his new book, Dan Grunfeld shares the story of his family, an interwoven narrative that ranges from his grandparents escape from Hungary to his grandmother's Hungarian cooking to his dad’s days on the road with the Milwaukee Bucks and NY Knicks.  Dan’s father Ernie was bullied as an immigrant while secretly honing his basketball skills on the courts of New York City. He eventually earned success as a professional basketball player and executive, serving as the General Manager of the New York Knicks.

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Grunfeld DanDan Grunfeld is a former professional basketball player, an accomplished writer, and a graduate of Stanford University. An Academic All-American and All-Conference basketball selection at Stanford, Dan played professionally for eight seasons in top leagues around the world, including in Germany, Spain, and Israel. Dan’s writing has been published more than 40 times in media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, The Jerusalem Post, and NBC News. Dan earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2017.  By the Grace of the Game is his first published book.

Ernie GrunfeldErnie Grunfeld, the son of Romanian Holocaust survivors, immigrated to the United States with his family as a young boy. He was an NBA player for nine years, playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, the Kansas City Kings, and then, finally, the New York Knicks. After retiring from playing, he served as an assistant coach for the Knicks before being promoted to director of administration. After seventeen seasons with the Knicks, he was named general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks. He subsequently served as president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards and was widely regarded as one of the top executives in the NBA.

Top Image: Ernie Grunfeld with daughter and son at 1993 press conference announcing his promotion to vice president and general manager of the New York Knicks (AP Images/"By the Grace of the Game" book)