"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.Wait, there were people at CAA who were telling people that Lebron and NY was close to happening? Come on.
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.
And last week we reported that the ball was back in ownership's court after Walsh made changes to the original pact. No word on if those changes were signed off on as of yet, but we've known from the start that, despite Calipari's obvious desperation to get out of Lexington ASAP, Dolan truly wants Walsh to return. And what about D'Antoni?
Other than Amar'e Stoudemire, whose numerous differences with D'Antoni when both worked for the Suns miraculously became non-issues once he joined New York for $99 million, not a single consequential Knicks thinks their coach can coach.After talking to another person about the subject this morning who is filled with information it was interesting that I heard the name Phil Jackson again so I'm going on record.
One player said Chauncey Billups, especially after he got injured, did far more coaching on the bench and in the huddle during the playoffs than D'Antoni, and "made a helluva lot more sense."
He'll be the Knicks coach in 2012-13.