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Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  15 responses

David Stern Pushing Knicks to Keep Donnie Walsh?


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Strangely, or perhaps not so strangely, the Knicks have yet to guarantee that president Donnie Walsh will finish out his deal in New York.

Though Walsh’s shrewd moves have led to the turnaround of New York’s hoops team — only one of the NBA’s marquee franchises — MSG overlord James Dolan hasn’t seen it fit to reward him by assuring his future with the franchise.

According to the NY Post, commissioner David Stern is pushing Dolan to keep Walsh in charge.

It’s all reportedly very hush-hush, especially when one considers how much Donnie Walsh hates having his personal business out there like this, but the message from NBA HQ is unmistakable:

Commissioner David Stern has worked quietly behind the scenes to have Knicks owner James Dolan bring back president Donnie Walsh to finish out the final year of his contract, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Post. Three years ago, Stern lobbied Dolan to hire Walsh to restore respectability to the franchise in the wake of the Isiah Thomas fiasco and the sexual harassment trial involving former marketing employee Anucha Browne-Sanders that stained the franchise.

However, as The Post reported Friday, Dolan has hesitated on exercising the option on the fourth and final year of Walsh’s contract because he still has Thomas on his radar, speaking to him more than once a week. The deadline for Dolan to exercise the option is April 30.

This isn’t the first time that Stern and the League have stepped in to stop the Knicks from doing something horrifically stupid, and unlikely the last.

Now that the New York Knicks are relevant on the basketball court again, it appears as though David Stern isn’t willing to let them screw things up so easily.

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  • MikeC.

    If Dolan re-hires Isiah, I’m seriously considering walking away from the Knicks. Knick fans need to start a “You hire Isiah and we’re done with the Knicks you @sshole!” petition and send it to Dolan.

  • martey

    Isiah’s middle name is Lord

  • MUBWAR

    who would wanna hire Isiah? the knicks are just pitiful..

  • http://www.nba.com/heat/ The Angel of Stern

    James Dolan is the 2nd stupidest owner in the league behind Donald Sterling. I also dont understand his undeniable love for isiah thomas …

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    The relationship between Isiah Thomas and James Dolan reminds me of that song by Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight”.
    Dolan being the guy with skeletons in his closet, and Isiah exposing him without exposing him.
    Zeek “saw it with his own two eyes”. lol

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    *Zeke*

  • http://www.slamonline.com Anon E Mouse

    Can’t we do a deal and forget both of them? Donnie’s a fool and Isiah is a damn fool. Mind you he doesn’t belong in the same sentance as Donald Sterling. No one does…Well, apart from G W Bush and Satan.

  • http://jaredmintzisthetruth.blogspot.com Jared

    Mike C I don’t think even if we started a petition Dolan would care. I mean he drove the franchise into the ground and caused the team an 11.6 Mil sexual harassment case…and completely lost the fan base. My guess is the two of them partied one night and Isiah witnessed Jimmy D kill somebody and the only way to keep this from coming out is for Dolan to keep getting Isiah jobs and crediting him with everything good the Knicks do. The only thing Knicks fans can do is stop supporting the team if Isiah comes back. Which would be too bad as most of us waited 10 years for the average product we’re euphoric to have this year.

  • NJ4Life

    So why exactly is the Commissioner allowed to advise teams (especially the team he is a reported”diehard” for) on how to stay successful?

  • ClydeSays

    Considering all of the money Isiah has cost Dolan (Thomas’ salary, paying for numerous fired coaches, horrible player contracts, the lawsuit & settlement, the lost draft picks, etc, etc.), you’d think just in a business sense Dolan wouldn’t ever consider having Isiah anywhere near his franchise. If they’re friends, cool. Just don’t let him near the money, ever again.

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    ‘he still has Thomas on his radar’
    This Dolan guy is one of the dumbest persons by far.
    I still hope he gets this right after all.
    Knicks are a nice team to watch right now.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Isiah drafed Nate Robinson, David Lee and Wilson Chandler. And Trevor Ariza. He also drafted T-Mac, and other assorted cats like Al Harrington, Marcus Camby and Damon Stoudamire, if I’m not mistaken.
    I would imagine that’s why Dolan wants to hire him. Dude wasn’t a good coach, and he wasn’t that great at fitting pieces together through trades, but he was EXCELLENT at talent evaluation. He consistently got good talent despite the fact that when he joined the team the Knicks had no high draft picks thanks to Scott Layden.
    That is a serious skill. Other than San Antonio, what other team consistently turns low first round picks and second round picks into contributors. Think about it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Also, when are we going to hear about David Stern pushing Donald Sterling to stop being a bigot discriminator?

  • NJ4Life

    This^

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    I agree on all points Allen, but his skill in drafting is totally eclipsed by every other thing a GM should at least be competent at. He has no inkling about team chemistry. He continually gambles on bad contracts. He has zero grasp on team chemistry. “He wasn’t that great at fitting pieces together through trades”, I see your “wasn’t that great” and raise you “Absolutely horrendous”. Steve Francis. Jalen Rose. Eddy Curry. Penny Hardaway. Somehow I don’t think being good at drafting is going to compensate for the level of catastrophic mismanagement Zeke has displayed.

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