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.
It's impossible to imagine Isiah coming back in an official role, even national columnists agree with that, but if there are going to be constant inclinations that Zeke is looming, why would Walsh even want that? He handled Zeke with class when he first got here to clean up the mess and now he has to be portrayed like he needs help making a deal?
I've said since day one that this has to be the RIGHT deal. Giving up a 2014 pick AND Anthony Randolph and not getting picks back is a bad move. Sure, the Knicks can purchase picks, something that Walsh taught us, but you also don't want to be pick strapped. It is probably Walsh's biggest regret- moving one in the T-Mac deal. But why does he need the headaches?
The Knicks will not be destroyed by this trade: Anthony's going to be awfully fun to watch, and it does make them more likely to bring in a Chris Paul or a Deron Williams in a couple of years. But what everyone's missing is that Carmelo, the way matters were going, the way he was driving this conversation, was going to be a Knick no matter what. Walsh knew that. So he plotted accordingly. And then Dolan came in and blew all that apart. Because this is what he does. Why in the world would Walsh stick around now? This is what he gets for fixing the franchise?Dolan allowed the agents to pressure him into forcing a possible deal while Walsh planned on taking this down to the wire thus forcing Denver's hand. He knew there were zero competitors. And if Isiah really knows today's athletes and is being such a big help the Nets would have never been a factor in the Knicks thinking. Dolan got in the middle of Zeke's decisions too. Why else would he have so much sympathy for the man taking the fall?
Walsh wants to see this through. He wants to bring a championship home, but in the eyes of the savvy Knicks fan he's done what he can. If the Isiah cloud is going to hang over the Garden taking away from his job then why does he need to stand for it?
The answer is he doesn't.