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Gregg Braden wrote a book in 2000 called "The Isaiah Effect" which centered around the idealisms of the prophet Isiah, who many learned about from the Old Testament. Braden notes

Beyond the specifics of precise events, a generalized view of ancient predictions reveals threads of a common theme. In each glimpse into our future, the prophecies follow a clear pattern: descriptions of catastrophe are immediately followed by a vision of life, joy, and possibility.
Interesting, no? The Isiah Thomas Effect is one of a self-believed basketball prophet who led the Knicks franchise through great catastrophe.

To be honest, I've been avoiding the sensationalism. I ignored the idea when I heard he's be on the radio today in what was sure to be a stunt to try to get more listeners.

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Amidst all the chatter surrounding the recent news of Donnie Walsh's departure it's easy to lose sight as to what this means for the franchise moving forward.

Some can spin the name Isiah, some can talk about CAA and the agency's stranglehold on the franchise. Others may choose to focus on the fact that Walsh may be stepping away at the right time and the team is a sinking ship waiting to happen. That they went all-in with the Carmelo trade and they will always be second fiddle to the Heat and the Bulls during Anthony and Amar'e's prime years.

I can't help but think, based on what I know and based on what I've been reporting throughout this whole situation, that Walsh truly believed he could made this franchise a championship contender if he was allowed to do it his way.

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"They tell me both guys are coming back," he stated. "Then again, they also told me the Knicks were going to get LeBron James."It's unnecessary to ask who "they" are. It's well-known they are CAA's talent-hoarding force field, agents Leon Rose and Wes Wesley. Wide World Wes kinda "represents" Calipari in that the NBA Players Association sorta insists negotiators pick up commissions exclusively from players or coaches, not both... Because the give and take was not completed until last week, I'm informed. Late changes were made by Walsh and approved by Dolan. Once Camp Cablevision's required "six signatures" (I don't think my source was being facetious) are on the dotted line, apparently sometime this week, the deal will be done, if not publicized.

Clearly, the new arrangement will give Walsh the control to finish the Knicks' renovation the way he sees fit. If there was any uncertainty about that it would have demonstrated Dolan did not want him back. That would have shoved Walsh into retirement.

Wait, there were people at CAA who were telling people that Lebron and NY was close to happening? Come on.

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Knicks president Donnie Walsh and owner James Dolan are in the midst of? "a continued process" of negotiating "non-financial terms of a deal" that would allow Walsh to return to the Knicks, a source with knowledge of discussions told TKB this morning.

"Walsh would like to return," the source said, "but wants written assurance that some previously negotiated terms continued to be honored."

The source wouldn't specify, but it's easy to speculate that the "distractions" surrounding players around the arena and inside the locker room rate high on the list. TKB previously reported that Walsh has been bothered by the surrounding working atmosphere, but not outside of work hours. Walsh was given a contract and returned changes to ownership, the source said.

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Via Newsday
It seems like Donnie Walsh is treating the negotiations regarding his own future the way he handles most trades: slow and steady. From what I have heard from various sources, Walsh isn't as much angling for total control as he is for a more controlled environment for the players. Appearances with David Letterman and Regis are no big deal and it's not as much the crowds that gather around the court before games at MSG - the players actually like that because it creates a big-game buzz and atmosphere every night.?It's the madness that exists elsewhere, such as in the post-game locker room at the Garden, where visitors are mixed in with members of the media to create an environment unlike any other in the league.
I'm hearing very similar things...

And as far as the Dwight Howard stuff, I think we can all agree that the Lakers have the inside track there if Orlando wants a Shaq part 2 re-do, but if the Knicks were to take back a wretchedly bad contract like Arenas' then the Magic might listen.

I think I'd stay away from that one though. That's the worst contract in the NBA.

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We know the importance of this coming draft. The fact is, it's important every year. If you don't draft well, it's hard to create assets necessary for trades, or to create players into important roles on the current roster.

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Since then, DW (Walsh) has arguably connected in the first round (Rik Smits, Malik Sealy, Travis Best, Al Harrington, Danny Granger, Gallo) more than he?s whiffed (Scott Haskin, Freddy Jones, Primoz Beszec, COUGHJordan HillCOUGH). He?s also made his fair share of late steals, with Antonio Davis (45th pick in 1990), James Jones (49th in 2003) and Landry Fields (39th in 2010) being chief among them.

No, he hasn?t been a drafting Carnac. But to those who count Miller as his only home run, consider this: During his tenure in Indiana, Walsh never had a pick higher than #10 ? a testament to an overall GM savvy that helped transform the ?small market? Pacers into a perennial contender.Can anyone name me an executive with a perfect, or even close to perfect, draft record?

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Sources with knowledge of the Walsh/Dolan negotiations feel as if decision-making, a matching salary, and "locker room access" distractions are key components for the current Knicks president returning for another stint in the Big Apple and continuing to build the Knicks into a championship contender.

"He is talking and planning as if he will return," one source told TKB yesterday.

This would appear to be good news for Knicks fans, but as we've been saying, which was confirmed the other day, Walsh has not made a final decision on his future.

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Really nothing new on this front from what I understand as Hahn describes. I think the most important thing to note about Walsh's decision is does HE feel this franchise made a huge mistake and gave up too much for Melo. If he thinks this isn't a team that can win over the next few years, then he should walk away with class and dignity and probably will. If he comes back, he feels pretty good about their chances, which should be a good gauge for fans as well.

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via NY Post
As Donnie Walsh moves closer to his second marriage with James Dolan, the Knicks president does so with assurance from the club's owner that he has given up on the idea of hiring back Isiah Thomas in any capacity, The Post has learned...
Interesting. Nothing new here, as multiple people have told me that Isiah wouldn't be allowed back dating as far back as several months. Now, does Dolan give Walsh ability to surround himself with his people? And will Walsh ultimately decide to return and continue to build with limited distractions?
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Yes, there have been those who have chirped from the back of the classroom that the Knicks should have kept Zach Randolph, who is enjoying a solid emergence in this season's playoffs.

You know, those know-it-all cool kids who are never wrong yet never really turn out alright?

The fact is the Knicks had a plan and stuck to it. And they have two pieces to the puzzle in their prime years.

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As we've talked about in this space several times, word from those with knowledge of negotiations have informed TKB that Knicks owner James Dolan has given Walsh the indication that he wants him to come back as president of the Knicks.

As of last night when Walsh was said to have been thoroughly sifting through the contract offer, per a source, he was making sure it "was what he (Walsh) wanted" and that "there were no surprises."

It would seem that although no deal is imminent at this point,? a deal would appear to be inching closer to getting done.

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The Donnie Walsh situation continues as the Knicks president, as we mentioned the other day, is taking time to think a ton of things over.

He also could be, here comes educated speculation, waiting out the Larry Bird situation in Indiana. Walsh has not spoken to anyone in Indiana about a possible return and he is so close to Bird that, a source tells me,? "Larry doesn't do much non-basketball related without consulting with Donnie first."

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Bird says he'll get paid through August and has already begun talks about his future with Pacers owner Herb Simon.? "You know I do have an owner, I have a boss and he wants me to go through the draft.? Hopefully, in the next week or two we can find out what's going on and we can get some things done.
If Bird remains in Indiana, then I'd expect Walsh to come to an agreement with the Knicks, which is good news for an organization that needs the front office stability. We've reported several times here that James Dolan wants Walsh back and they are in discussions on a contract. Walsh, according to a source close to the situation, is looking to be compensated with an offer that he feels is "financially respectful" and at this stage his return is far from imminent.

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Via NY Post
According to sources, Walsh had become concerned about the increasing influence of some of Dolan's MSG lieutenants regarding basketball matters. Walsh had taken the job three years ago with the promise he would be the head of basketball operations.

"It's going to be resolved," said one NBA executive who has been debriefed on the Walsh saga.

The Knicks had no official word about Walsh's status but still have not made him available to the media for his customary postseason session, and likely will not schedule such a gathering until Walsh's future is officially determined. Though Saturday is the deadline for the option on his final contract year, Walsh could instead sign a two-year extension, and that is what's likely to happen.

"I think Donnie is going to be fine," one NBA source said.

It is my understanding Walsh has spent the week digging deep and "doing a lot of thinking" about his future here, but he doesn't want to take very long. Again, expect a decision to come soon.? If he does decide to leave a source assured TKB that, "there's no way he's retiring."
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From everything that's being talked about, it is my sense that the Knicks will bring Chauncey Billups back by picking up his option.

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If you hear the name John Calipari continuously surface as a possible replacement for Mike D'Antoni, my educated guess is that it's because he's getting antsy in Lexington. Why would he leave one of the top college basketball jobs in the country to risk failing again in the NBA?

If Donnie Walsh returns, which is up in the air at this point, then you'd expect Mike D'Antoni to return. With the state of today's NBA, where agencies like CAA, which represents Calipari control things like never before, it's easy to speculate that the former Nets coach could find his way to NY if both Walsh and D'Antoni don't return and the Knicks find themselves with thin sideline options.

Calipari is a great recruiter, but hasn't won anything despite constantly loading up teams with NBA talent. He also had 2 Final Four appearances stripped while the coach at UMASS and Memphis. His one effort in East Rutherford was an utter disaster.

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If yesterday was the last time we see Donnie Walsh as president of the Knicks at Madison Square Garden then we should all thank him for his part in what has been a pretty remarkable clean up project of his hometown franchise.

Multiple sources close to the situation have informed me that Walsh, at this point, is leaning towards leaving the Knicks and by passing the fourth year of his 4-year deal, but is taking the week to sort thing out.

Ken Berger is reporting that the Knicks are mulling a two-year extension for Walsh.

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Via NY Post
With his future still uncertain for next season, Walsh, who had hip-replacement surgery in November, said speculation he could return to the Pacers in some role is rubbish. Pacers president Larry Bird said this weekend that the club making the playoffs has made him definitely want to return next season. Had it missed out, Bird may have not come back, he said.

"I'm angry about that," Walsh said of a rumored second stint in Indiana. "There's absolutely no truth to it. I never talked to [Pacers owner] Herb Simon or anybody else about it. To me, it's something someone makes up."

TKB reported last week that any talk of Walsh returning to the Pacers was premature based on his respect for Bird. The fact is, the topic hasn't been discussed.
...it would be hard to blame Walsh for heading back home to Indiana. But don?t assume if he leaves NY he?s going back to to his old job with the Pacers just yet.?He has NOT spoken to Indiana about working again for the Pacers,? the source assured me. ?He is too close and has way too much respect for Larry (Bird), who he thinks is doing a great job there.?
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While undecided of his future, Walsh would not be opposed to continuing his work of "TheReconstruction" of a once honorable turned wretched brand and franchise. However, Walsh does feel his body of work merits a contract equal to the compensation he received in his first three years. A reduction of that amount would reduce the likelihood of his return to New York, a source with knowledge of discussions has told TKB.

"Donnie has always had a plan in the restructuring of the Knicks roster," the source said.? "While he has succeeded in putting the organization in a position to do so, he believes the job isn't finished."

Many Knick fans would like to see Walsh, and the overall front office, remain intact for the simple fact that stability is good business moving forward. At some point the franchise needs to show some stability, especially since they have asked so much from the fans in terms of loyalty and patience over the past few years. Walsh sold his plan on fans because of his background and experience along with the fact that the franchise was in such disarray most knew a change was necessary.

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On the heels of solidifying a playoff spot, the Knicks may be also getting closer to solidifying their front office situation, a source with knowledge of the situation informs TKB.

The source told me that Donnie Walsh and owner James Dolan have in fact recently talked about the looming option that needs to be picked up before April 30th a subject that many fans have wondered about often.

"They've definitely begun to speak about it (the option)," the source said.

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Via Hoopsworld (via NY Post)
Walsh also refused to lay blame on his head coach Mike D'Antoni, admitting that he's put his coach in a tough place with so much roster change.

"I think it's very little [D'Antoni]," Walsh said. "It's very difficult to put these pieces back together in a short time. That's why it's more my responsibility. That's why I rarely trade in the middle of the season, because it's a big adjustment. But I made it because it's better for the franchise long term."

I completely agree that this is a move for the long term, as most did, considering the fact that the Knicks were a venerable lock for the playoffs. They need wins and there was no guarantee that the old group wouldn't be backing into the playoffs either.

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Via NY Post
I have no idea what Walsh is thinking these days. Our three-decade personal connection got abruptly pre-empted by our increasingly edgy business relationship. For the most part during his three years on the job, I don?t ask and he doesn?t tell. And if I do ask what?s going on about this or that by e-mail, he rarely responds...The point being, I?ve been around Walsh long enough and know him far too well to think it will be Dolan?s choice whether he stays with the Knicks past June 30. That decision will be made solely by Walsh.
Several people I have spoken to with knowledge of Walsh's thinking would tell you that if it is his choice he will unquestionably come back, as long as Isiah Thomas doesn't have a seat at the table. Consulting, scouting, no problem. No desk, no seat at the weekly meetings. This isn't hard line with the owner. The concept hasn't been discussed.

It's not an ultimatum. Walsh doesn't seem the threat making type. It's a simple matter of quiet respect.

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Honestly, I think it would make sense that the Knicks back up plan would be to sign Earl Barron if they can't get another deal done for a veteran post player. They also would have to know that players who'd they've inquired about aren't getting buyouts.

I don't think there is a question that the team would like to add a big to the rotation considering Shawne Williams, who was fantastic defensively last night, could use less minutes guarding bigger players. Bill Walker gave the team decent minutes, but his 15 should be saved for a true rebounder and post defender. Walker or Corey Brewer could be used to spell Landry Fields.

With their recent solid play, having won 7 of their last 10, the Pacers are knocking on the 8th seed door and you'd expect they'd keep Jeff Foster around, a perfect piece to add to this roster. It's amazing how 2 weeks can make teams go from sellers to either holders or buyers. But you really never know.

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Via CBS
One of the notable holes in the Knicks' roster that will persist after the Carmelo Anthony trade is a capable, defensive-minded center. The Knicks tried to fill that hole with efforts to draw Portland into the deal as the fourth team and bring Marcus Camby back to New York, two people with knowledge of the talks told CBSSports.com.
There are plenty of hours before the trade deadline and Donnie Walsh, for sure, has to be working the lines. Deadline day is his time and he could sneak a piece or two over the next two days. Stay tuned.
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We know about the reports over the past few days. Isiah this, Dolan that. While Walsh was back home in Indiana during the All-Star break, a tradition he does annually, he was in constant contact with negotiations that have taken a recent turn with the Nuggets trying to add to the deal. Is Timofey Mozgov a deal breaker? For the Knicks he should be. For ESPN superstar bloggers turned writers it may be laughable, but the Knicks need depth up front if they are going to make this deal. They are being patient.

Their offer was fair and the Nuggets are getting cold feet. They are amateurs.

This is about the one true professional in this whole situation. As LT Frank Slade from "Scent of a Woman" said, "The only class in this act" and I would think this is far more crap than Walsh signed up for. The Knicks wouldn't be in this situation without him and if everyone thinks Isiah is running the show, a source close to Walsh says, he's never heard Zeke's name mentioned at all during negotiations. Now that doesn't mean he's not skyping in with his buddy during off hours, but if he were running this deal then he'd keep giving until the deal is done. The Knicks have shown exceptional patience during this process. And the only one who's practiced it is the man who brought professionalism back to the franchise.

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By now everyone has seen the reported deal that Donnie Walsh has turned down, and of course it has to include something about the owner.

It is believed that Walsh and Mike D'Antoni feel the team would be giving up too much. Garden chairman James Dolan has had direct involvement in the negotiations and may ultimately overrule his basketball staff

And you'd have to assume that the "starter" is Landry Fields. This deal doesn't solve the team's need up front and Billups isn't a Mike D'Antoni-type point guard, so I can see the hesitation. It is a ton. Plus, Donnie Walsh, since he's been here, waits until the deadline before dealing. Of course, he did pull the trigger on several deals in November of 2008, but any time the deadline rolls around Walsh traditionally stays patient. That is to say I don't buy an owner override if this exact deal happens 9 days from now. Walsh won't deal with a game left before the break and one has to assume, based on history, that a deal won't happen during it either. But it's good to know that it appears both parties are working on banging out a deal.

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The Knicks are back at sea level, something that was always a very real possibility as they embarked on the difficult part of their schedule several weeks back. But the real truth is that there aren't any easy games in the NBA, especially when the Knicks have lost far too many winnable home games as it is.

Now Raymond Felton is saying he feels he knows what the problem is.

Raymond Felton is sick of the rumors, and he is tired of the speculation. And he doesn't want to hear any more about the potential Carmelo Anthony deal that has hung around the Garden like a specter over the past few weeks.

"That's the problem right now," a prickly Felton said after the Knicks' 113-96 blowout loss to the Lakers on Friday night. "It's just that it's being talked about too much."Is it an excuse? Yes. And there's no giving the Knicks a pass at this point if they are letting it become a distraction.? They are young but they have to deal with it and play hard.

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Via NY Post
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.
This would seem to be a contradiction to the idea that Stern wouldn't get involved if Isiah Thomas were to come back with the Knicks in some capacity, which is what he said over the summer. Stern has been very careful to stay away from organizational and player decisions especially with the CBA approaching this summer.

Irregardless of the possibility, I just don't see Dolan bringing back Thomas. If they have phone discussions that's one thing, but having control of the franchise is another. The friendship is what it is.

I think the Walsh situation works itself out once the team secures a playoff spot.

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...not accepting mediocrity.

When Mike D'Antoni stressed the idea that "getting into the 40s" in terms of wins was the idea he lit a fire with some fans and media members for accepting being mediocre.

I believe that's misconstrued.

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What?s more, ?Melo has made it exceedingly clear (privately) to one and all from the git-go that the Knicks are his first choice. So, should he chose to become a free agent this summer, please don?t insult our common sense by telling us Warkentien ? if even still employed by the Knicks ? had anything to do with New York signing him.
Interesting. But what also is interesting is how the Hall of Fame Stanner has tracked the story. In November, the Knicks were "a viable option":
However, I must confess to being a bit floored when Brooklyn's gift to Baltimore (the borough's 18-year-negotiation for Skip Wise as compensation is rumored on The Corners to be almost resolved) again divulged to The Post he has not ruled out his home team as a possible landing zone.Don't reach for your spectacles, you got that right; the Knicks remain a viable option. I repeat, a viable option.
But then it was Nets, Nets and more Nets, while taking viscous swings at media members including ESPN's Chris Sheridan, who confirmed a TKB report that has been also been confirmed nationally as recently as this week (even if you have to scroll below the fold.) By the way, anyone conscious knows Alan Hahn broke Lebron to Miami.

No doubt the same fountains of misinformation that frequently play make-believe with ESPN's Chris Sheridan, whose latest fairy tale had Carmelo Anthony notifying the Nuggets he won't accept a trade to any team but the Knicks.

While I thoroughly accept the presupposition 'Melo will want to play in New York until the moment he understands that's an impossibility unless he opts to become a free agent this summer, Sheridan's account is such a fake he needs to be called out...Even Sheridan's invented informants, I suspect, might be able to smell the aroma of a potential Nets deal brewing once Wednesday rolls around and summer free-agent signees are allowed to be traded.If Melo would sign off on the Nets, he'd be a Net already and unless something drastically changes, the Nets are as knocked out as Rick DiPietro. As the Carmelo saga continues, so do the Hall of Famer's (who's lost, I'm told, all, and I mean ALL of Donnie Walsh's trust because of this) insults, this time pointed at MSG's Tina Cervasio and Kelly Tripuka.

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An interesting conflict of stories and quotes today.

First the NY Post reported that it was business operations guru Scott O'Neil, the Garden president, who superseded Donnie Walsh and pulled the trigger on the Warkentien hire.

MSG president Scott O'Neil, not team president Donnie Walsh, was the one to push James Dolan into hiring former Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien, The Post has learned.The official announcement on Warkentien's hire is likely was made Saturday.
Yet at practice, Walsh, himself, accepted a fair amount of responsibility for the hire.
"We didn't hire him for that reason," Walsh said after practice at MSG Training Center. "I didn't do it for that reason, no."

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Via Newsday
"I'm more worried about the trading deadline, I'm more worried about the team, I'm more worried about a lot of things," he said. "So I really haven't thought about it. It's been generated from below, from the press. I mean, I'm looking for a grassy knoll with some of the stuff I'm reading now."

Walsh went on to add, "I don't believe any of it" regarding the reports that Knicks owner James Dolan is not certain he wants to bring Walsh back and, of course, the fears that Isiah Thomas still has Dolan's ear and may try to push Walsh out and reclaim his position running the franchise.

"The one thing I do know about Jim Dolan is he's honest," Walsh said. "So I don't believe any of this stuff. I think he'll deal with me honestly . . . So I don't have any problem with anything, period."

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It's an idea brought today by Will Leitch who marveled, candidly and fairly, at the timing of the Yahoo! article as it relates to the state of the Knicks on and off the court.

Yes, the Knicks are in good standing in terms of making the playoffs. But they are also about to play Philadelphia and if you are from planet earth (and aren't a Yankee fan) there's a pretty good chance that Philly has owned one of your New York teams. Whether it be the Eagles comeback on the Giants, the Phillies dominance over the Mets or the Flyers scoring in a shootout, the Philly/NY hatred is at an all time peak because, well, because Philly actually caused us to take notice.

The 76ers are very talented and seem to be figuring things out. These are two huge games for the Knicks, so no, there is never a feeling of security if you are a Knicks fan.

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Old School.

Two words that mean different things to different people, but when you talk about Knicks president Donnie Walsh the term pretty much describes Walsh to a tee.

Walsh wants to finish the job here, that is no secret, but he would prefer to let his work speak for him, sources say. He doesn't want the talk of his extension being played out in the media.

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We've talked a lot about this recently, and it seems pretty clear that, from an extension standpoint, James Dolan is waiting this one out too. Ironically using the same patience that as Donnie Walsh has exhibited as it relates to regaining respectability for the franchise.

Sources I've talked to have repeatedly told me that Walsh and Dolan have had basically zero dialogue on the subject, and idea that was validated in a story today.

Via NY Times

Wait-and-see is part of Walsh?s nature, but it may also be a matter of practicality. Walsh?s contract expires June 30, and he has received no indication from ownership that he will be retained. The team has until April 30 to pick up Walsh?s option for the 2011-12 season.

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Several sources I've talked to continue to stress to me that Donnie Walsh is stressed himself based on the fact that the topic of picking up his contract option, which is has to be done in April, has never been brought up to him by James Dolan.

So you can understand the uneasiness, especially when other names are floating around, one being a name that makes Knicks fans cringe.

It is no secret that Walsh would like to hire Chris Mullin within the organization. Mullin would be a perfect fit in an upper management role, and is familiar I would say with Madison Square Garden. His alma mater had a pretty decent showing there yesterday.

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Via Yahoo
In a move that undoubtedly has roots in the pursuit of Carmelo Anthony(notes), New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh has reached an agreement with former Denver Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien to join the Knicks as a high-level consultant, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday.
The hiring of Warkentien is expected to be a prelude to a larger and more specific front-office role in the future, but that?s still an issue to be worked out. As the Knicks work to acquire Anthony through a trade this season or in free agency this summer, there?s no minimizing Warkentien?s institutional knowledge of the Nuggets organization and ownership, as well as a strong relationship with Anthony.
Interesting to see Warkentien being hired as a consultant considering that Chris Mullin was long rumored to be on top of Donnie Walsh's list. And a source tells me as far as Walsh's option is concerned, it's a topic that "hasn't come up really at all" between he and Dolan, which is also interesting. A lot of moving parts as the Knicks continue to circle around in their quest to land a second star.
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Donnie Walsh is historically, at least with the Knicks, coy about trades. But if past deadlines are any indications, you can only assume he's prepared to make the team, in his mind, better.

The deal that still bothers me, in the sense that the guy never played, was the Chris Wilcox deal. I'm admittedly biased as I am a Terp, but I thought Wilcox could have helped. Yet because he couldn't shoot he barely saw the floor. Walsh was active that day in also getting Larry Hughes.

That day there were several reports that Nate was supposed to go to Sacramento, but, as I continue to hear, that was never close to happening as was said at the time.

Walsh vehemently denied reports that he nearly traded Nate Robinson and Jared Jeffries to Sacramento for Kenny Thomas. Walsh called the reports "bogus" and added that he didn't field too many calls for David Lee once he made it known that the Knicks weren't interested in trading him. Lee and/or Robinson could be traded this summer, when they become restricted free agents.
And of course we know about the deadline/cap deal he made for Tracy McGrady.

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Via NY Post
If Anthony can wait, Donnie Basketball will save precious assets such as Danilo Gallinari, Landry Fields, Wilson Chandler and Anthony Randolph, who is 21 years old, 6-foot-11 and still capable of a solid career. If Anthony wants to win a title with the Knicks, why would he want Walsh to trade three of those four young assets?...If Anthony watched the Knicks on Saturday night in Oklahoma City, he saw Gallinari score as efficient a 23 points as you can notch. He can be the sixth man on a championship team that features a frontline of Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and possibly burly center Marc Gasol, also a restricted free agent. Walsh may need some assets for a sign-and-trade this summer with Memphis.
Great concept, except for a few pretty important things. First, it doesn't work from a cap/roster management standpoint. Second, it's going to take a ton to pry Gasol from Memphis despite all the rumors that he wants a big city.

Thirdly, and by far most importantly, the Nuggets won't allow Melo to just walk. They learned from the Cavs and Raptors. They need actual players in return.

Melo should stay in Denver and make a run with the Nuggets who have a breeze of a schedule over the next few weeks, but in the end it's about the extension....or is it?

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Donnie Walsh knew that this job was going to be a tough one when he signed on in 2008, but I wonder if he knew it would be this difficult.

The team missed out on landing Lebron James, and knows that they have to play their cards right in hopes of landing Carmelo Anthony.

The question becomes what is the proper move?

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Just a few things of note. A source confirmed to me that Donnie Walsh is indeed planning his first road trip of the season, the first since his hip surgery, when the team heads south to Texas.When asked, it sounded more like Walsh wanted to show support than anything else as the team has been on a recent skid.

Clearly, the team has a need for an interior presence and that could be another reason. It wouldn't shock me at all to see Jared Jeffries back with the Knicks at some point, I know the fans cringe at the sound of Jeffries name, but he could help, especially paired with Ronny Turiaf. Walsh is most certainly an outside-the-box thinker. But for now Walsh is showing support for on what is sure to be a tough stretch.

Great note and work from a few friends. Check out work from Knicksfan.net on how the Knicks can get back in the game from a draft pick standpoint:

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Via NY Post

"Wilson's a restricted free agent and I'm going to sign him," Walsh said yesterday. "He's a helluva player." ..."I'm confident even if it's not there [ability to match], we're going to sign him," Walsh said. "That's our intention when the time comes."..."Wilson has played at the top of the league in some games this year and [Tuesday] night was a good example, the way he played against a top team and they couldn't deal with him," Walsh said. "He was shooting well from the outside, his uncanny ability to change direction in the air. He's gotten stronger and become a better defender. His game has jumped a lot."

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In watching the Pacers' game the other day, it was clear the Jeff Foster was doing the best job guarding Amar'e one-on-one that we've seen this season. His positioning was excellent. His footwork was near perfect, and when Amar'e got past him, he'd hit him hard with a foul.

Sounds like the type of player the Knicks could use on the blocks to take some time and pressure off of STAT and Ronny Turiaf.

Foster makes close to $7 million dollars this season, the last of his multi-year deal. The Knicks could potentially use Eddy Curry's contract if they deem that Carmelo Anthony is going to head towards free agency.

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Via NY Daily News

"I also think we have to get better," Walsh said.

At 18-14 and sitting in second place behind the Boston Celtics in the Atlantic Division, the Knicks, whose roster overhaul in the offseason left many in the league uncertain of what they were capable of, have surprised to date. Able to overcome a 3-8 start with a subsequent five-game win streak, they have survived downturns and stretched upswings with an offense that ranks first in the league in scoring. They will look to avoid a third straight loss when they face the Indiana Pacers Sunday at the Garden.

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Raise your hand if you thought the Knicks would be a top 4 Eastern Conference team.

This team has holes and flaws, like most every NBA team. They are still learning to play together. Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler are trying to take next steps in their careers. Their progressions, along with Toney Douglas and Landry Fields, are essential to the team's ultimate success.

That said, the last two games have exposed the Knicks' flaws up front. Chandler will have a hard time some nights matching up with the likes of Brandon Bass and having to help on Dwight Howard all night. You could see it when Ryan Anderson came in the game. He relaxed, along with whoever else was forced to check the Magic's forward, and it showed via Anderson's production for his 19 minutes. That's exactly why there should have been a Timofey Mozgov sighting and why Turiaf's 6 minutes was also completely unacceptable. Small ball with Howard off the floor is one thing, when he's on the floor you make him beat you over and over with one on one post moves.

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