Donnie Walsh Takes Blame for Knicks’ Struggles

by March 22, 2011
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Walsh hopes to relieve his players and the coach of the growing pressure by asking Knicks fans and media to direct their vitriol at him. From the NY Post: “In an attempt to take heat off coach Mike D’Antoni, team president Donnie Walsh said the Knicks’ doldrums since the Carmelo Anthony trade are his fault because he broke up a team in midseason and the dividends may not pay off right away. ‘I take more responsibility than the players or the coaches because I made a monumental trade in the middle of the season, and it appears to me they’re having a hard time getting together, which is understandable,’ Walsh said. ‘That’s why I don’t like to do it in the middle of the season,’ Walsh added. ‘We gave up a lot. We got back a lot. But I do think this trade is going to make us better in the future. In the long run, this trade will make us a better franchise.’ Walsh’s remarks last night echoed Anthony’s comments Sunday that the club may not get on the same page until next season. The Knicks have lost three in a row and are 7-9 since the 13-player Melo blockbuster after last night’s 96-86 loss to the Celtics in which they blew a 15-point second-half lead.”