"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.
There are other things to consider.
"Donnie knows the distractions that occur in New York, " the source added. "Guys going on talk shows don't bother him. That's not an issue, but the amount of 'non-team' personnel having locker room, practice, and bus access I think is."
This is a critical juncture in the Knicks continued progression from league laughing stock to championship contender. The Knicks have 2 players in their prime to build around and must identify who else is part of the solution. They also have to be creative in the process of roster additions. One would have to believe if Walsh were to stay he has a good feeling that the team can improve under his watch and wants the assurance that he can make such decisions as he deems fit.
Again, if he thought the Knicks were in a bad financial position, or would be hamstrung from a roster perspective, he could leave now with dignity and leave behind the legacy that he pulled the franchise out of the garbage.
From what I have gathered, he hasn't given any indication that the Carmelo Anthony trade has made his job harder, which is a great sign for Knicks fans as the Knicks try to become one the league's elite teams moving forward.