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Last year we reported that Allan Houston was one of the top choices for the job this year. Houston has always been seen as executive material in the eyes of MSG brass and even Donnie Walsh, but it was Walsh who thought Chris Mullin would be the better fit. Walsh relied heavily upon Houston during his tenure as it appeared that the former Knick was being groomed to rise among the ranks as an executive.

Houston is currently overseeing the Erie Bayhawks franchise of the NBDL.

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Via NY Daily News
"In several instances, Houston, and/or those acting on his behalf, interceded to frustrate Rondeau's pursuit of NBA-related peak-performance coaching work and to ensure that Rondeau did not receive favorable press coverage of his prior opportunities with Houston," says the suit.

Rondeau, who used to work with motivational speaker Tony Robbins, says he started guiding Houston after the star guard noticed his work with Knicks big man Chris Dudley, a notoriously bad free-throw shooter.

Rondeau claims Houston, now a Knicks executive, shortchanged him on credit for the Knicks' playoff run and for helping him land a spot on the 2000 Eastern Conference All-Star team.

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Via Newsday (via REALGM)

Former Knicks guard Allan Houston became the team's assistant general manager recently and appears to remain in line to one day replace top executive Donnie Walsh.

Houston was recently promoted to assistant general manager when he signed a new two-year contract to remain in New York's front office.

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Via AllanHouston.com
First I acknowledged that it was a very good question. I knew coming in that if we try to live our lives based on what people think about us, and how others see us, then we'll be miserable. Our identity -who we are- must be based on what God says about us. This is easier said than done, but One piece of advice that we share with players who come to NY, is that you can't care about what people think...
Allan is one of the most easy going guys you can deal with. He's always working with players and talking to people. He understands the game in New York. When I go to practice I'm not looking for an angle, frankly my conversations are more centered around Xs and Os and player development.? I've seen quotes can spun into headline stories and honestly wondered why. I can see where players and coaches get miffed, which is why words have to be used carefully. Sad, but true.
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Just listened to Allan Houston on with Michael Kay on 1050 and I have to say I was struck by his calm, cool confidence. He doesn't seem phased at all about reports.

He also made a huge point about other teams talent in relation to the Knicks and it's one I've been saying for a long time.

Great players make role players much better, but moreover, great players understand that.

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NEW YORK, AUGUST 24, 2009 - Former New York Knick Captain, Two Time

All-Star NBA and Olympic Gold Medalist Allan Houston

(www.AllanHouston.com) announced today he plans to visit Israel this

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Their courting is on the serious level, and we'll know soon enough just how much Grant Hill is serious about playing in New York.

Because at the end of the day, the Knicks will offer the most money, and we'll have to see if that is the overriding factor for the ex-Duke star.

"...We think we have a chance, but you never know," a team source said last night. In a visit that blew Jason Kidd's away, Hill arrived yesterday at the Garden at 11:30 a.m., got the arena tour and the jersey before being whisked to the Knicks' practice facility in Westchester.

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According to the New York Post, Allan Houston will represent the Knicks in Secaucus on May 19th for the anticipated Draft Lottery.

"...The Post has learned Houston has been tabbed to sit on the dais in Secaucus, to represent the Knicks in the May 19 lottery that will determine their draft order. Houston sat on the dais in 2003 during the?LeBron JamesLottery and the Knicks landed the No. 9 pick, which they used on bust Michael Sweetney."
Berman also adds that this could mean more than the Knicks just wanting the always well-dressed, well-spoken Allan Houston to represent them.

"...The Knicks are seeded eighth, with a 2.8 percent chance of moving to the No. 1 slot and a 10 percent chance of landing a top-three position. The Knicks are praying they can get a crack at the draft's top two prizes -- Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio and Oklahoma power forward Blake Griffin -- in a lottery otherwise deemed weak.

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Via Pete Vecsey:
"...In the intervening time there are more urgent issues -- the draft, free agency and trades -- to research and resolve. When those issues are settled, that's when Walsh will determine whether even to hire a general manager.

In all probability, it will happen in spite of how highly Walsh regards senior VP Glen Grunwald; because, should the Knicks ever recoup esteem in the standings, Donnie's chosen one will succeed him when he retires. His $5 million per contract expires in April 2011, at which time Walsh will have just turned 70.

Though Mullin (if free) unquestionably will be among the top three candidates along with Billy King and Billy Knight -- Walsh has Indiana Pacers affections and connections with all three -- you had better believe there has been no conversation with Chris; tampering could cost the Knicks a No. 1 pick. So, naturally, there has been no commitment.

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Allan Houston is determined to expand his foundation's programs despite the global economic crisis, so he turned to CharityBuzz.com, a Connecticut company that helps charitable organizations raise money and awareness for their causes.

Houston's foundation is offering an opportunity to play ball and attend a Knicks game with the former NBA All-Star. Houston will treat the winning bidder and a guest to a 30-45 minute shooting clinic at the Knicks practice facility in Tarrytown, then take on the bidder in a game of HORSE. The winning bidder will also attend Wednesday's game against the Nets at Madison Square Garden with Houston, receiving tickets for two floor seats directly behind the Knicks' bench.

The bidding, on CharityBuzz.com ends Monday at 2 p.m.

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No one has a better handle on March Madness than Gus Johnson, other than maybe Raf..."Onions...DOUBLE ORDER!!"

Actually, Bill is the best, but I love Gus this time of year. Granted, Gus likes to treat game 41 against the Raptors like the Final Four and he guzzles the Kool-Aid at times, but he is fantastic in the right setting.? He's a lot like Gary Thorne in that sense when Thorne would go gaga every minute of every game while doing the Devils, but we're okay with it.

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This video is getting a lot of buzz. You have to love the idea that Walsh has the fans in mind. Excerpts of this video have now been featured in the Post, and at 1:00 Walsh answers the "backup plan" question. It's hard to imagine that Donnie doesn't have a backup plan for Lebron, as if the Knicks would just shrivel up and close, but hey, news is news.

Also, Walsh mentioned that Allan Houston is a "great candidate" to be back in the NBA and he thinks a GM role maybe in his future. Right now, Allan is in Player Development and will be involved in scouting college players for the draft. Speaking of the draft, Walsh said he is looking for "guys who want to win" and "has toughness." He said that player will have to guard "a position" defensively.

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Just got finished watching the Allan Houston #20 tribute on MSG and let me say it was very well done.

For those loyal Gym Rats, you guys know that I'm a big Allan fan as a person and as a Knick.

Towards the end of the piece Allan talked about how cerebral he was in terms of how he would be remembered, and that he wanted the focus to be on his "integrity."

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Almost as annoying as mentioning Marbury, I feel, is the torment I put myself through in trying to see Allan Houston back in a Knick uniform. With Mobley, according to Berman, contemplating retirement, the Knicks will be in desperate need for a shooter. Here's what I know:

It's still a longshot and he's relatively healed from his quad strain. Enough so to be working out with the team. I saw him the other night working with Jeffries before the game. But I think Donnie Walsh looks at the D-League and does his due diligence.

In looking at the D Legue there are a few interesting names, and remember the Bucks snagged Ramon Sessions from there, so there are some diamonds. Remember that if a player is drafted or signed as FA to an NBA franchise, you have a three year contract but you are only allowed 2 years in the D League and then you can be signed by any team. If you are waived, you are fair game, which we discovered after referring to legal counsel Andrew Smith.

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Marc Berman is adamant about the fact that Allan Houston is done, but I'm not buying it.

What puzzles me about Berman's notion is that there is no rush to make a decision on Houston, just like there was no rush to exile Marbury. Apparently he thinks not giving a shooter a chance to make the team over a 5th or 6th guard like Anthony Roberson makes sense.

"...Nobody knows for sure why he attempted a second comeback," Berman wrote on his blog. "He has never been able to articulate it to where it makes sense..."
I can tell you with great assurance Allan's comeback has as much to do with helping this team off it as he would on it.? He told me at media day how important he felt restoring the pride of the jersey was to a group that seemed to lose focus on that fact. He, of course, knows performing on the court and leading by example will go a long way in doing that. And if he can't do that, he's been guaranteed a front office spot.

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Alan Hahn informs us that Allan Houston will sit tomorrow night and on Friday in Boston due to that pesky quadriceps. This is bad news for Houston who is trying to compete for a roster spot. The injury is not related to his knee, but you have to wonder about H20's chances now.

There is a chance D'Antoni sticks with him on the roster at the expense of Anthony Roberson, because Houston can still play his way into shape. He's not a rotation player so there's little reason to rush him, but if the team suffers an injury to a guard, they may need Roberson to contribute.

You can bet that if he knows he can't do it, the ever-classy Houston will step aside for the roster sake of a young player, and move into the front office.

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This is a few days old but enjoy anyway. Houston looks to be very content and I really think he's going to make the roster if he remains healthy. Also, TKB will be covering the second week of camp so stay tuned for daily updates and commentary.

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We're with Alan Hahn on this one, we don't want to beat it to death but...

Houston apparently looked quite fit while playing at Nike Pro City:

"Houston showed glimpses of his old self when he scored five quick points on Artest with a three-pointer in his grill and a blow by for a lay up."
And by "old self" they must mean...

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Newsday is reporting that Donnie Walsh seems to be monitoring the comeback of 37-year-old Allan Houston.

(Agent Bill) Strickland has yet to talk with the Knicks, but a person with knowledge of the Knicks' plans said president Donnie Walsh "would like to talk" to Houston about his comeback attempt. Houston tried to make a comeback last fall when he showed up midway through Knicks training camp, but barely lasted a week. Houston only saw six minutes of garbage time against the Boston Celtics in a preseason game and shortly after that put an end to his comeback. Former president and coach Isiah Thomas did not show a great deal of interest in Houston, who admitted that he wasn't quite as prepared as he should have been.
Houston announced his intention of trying another comeback and felt he would make a decision after Labor Day as to what camp he would join.

In fairness to Balkman fans, it would seem like a questionable move to sign Houston if they traded Taz for salary space. But should they bring Houston back, there is no question that Marbury will be gone.

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Allan Houston spoke of his comeback today in front a group of campers at the 17th annual Gatorade Knicks Summer Basketball Camp. He wouldn't name the teams that his agent has reached out to.? As we all know Houston unsuccessfully tried to make a comeback with the Knicks last October and was cut.

Good Luck Allan in becoming another in a long list of retired athletes that come back. Somehow I doubt the latest version of H20 will not be like the one we saw from 1996 to 2005.

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It's that time of year where news is sparse, so take this with a grain of salt. Although, Marc Berman put his name to it, so that means there should be some validity.

Allan Houston, who has been working out with the Phoenix Suns, has revealed to the New York Post that he is still interested in playing next season.

"I've been around New York for a long time now, and I know the passion these fans have for the Knicks - it's unbelievable," said Houston. "I'd love to see that again in New York."

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Mike Dougherty of the Journal News finds an interesting tidbit about Allan Houston in the Arizona Republic. Apparently the Suns worked out Houston in their pre-draft camp with the intentions of possibly bringing him on-board. Mike points out the best part of this article which is the comments section, specifically a fan that proposes a trade of Steve Nash. I won't spoil the surprise on that one.

First I want to wish Allan Houston all the best. It wasn't hist fault that his knees gave out. People talk about Camby, Sprewell, and Ewing fondly when they remember that unlikely 1999 team. Houston was "Mr. Consistency" and pretty much automatic with his "J". I remember hearing about how he wasn't clutch or a team leader which I think was unfair. After living through the poor leadership and chemistry of this group for many years, Houston would be a welcome addition in the locker room. Of course the time is to look forward, not backward and I wish Allan all the best. As for that comment here is my question: That is either one generous Suns fan or a real delusional Knicks fan - what do you think?

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