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Report: Knicks president Donnie Walsh may retire

Jul 9, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Knicks_logo.gifUPDATE 9:54 am: It didn’t take long, and Walsh responded by saying the reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated. From Alan Hahn at Newsday:

“I’m sure there are guys around me that are predicting my death, right? I’m not there yet.”

9:33 am: Donnie Walsh spent the last two years digging the Knicks out of a hole. Not just any hole, but more like ones from the island on Lost where you never know now deep the hole is or what’s at the bottom of it.

And the Knicks are starting to come out of it. Amare Stoudemire is a start, a good start.

Now team president Donnie Walsh may step down. That according to the New York Post’s Peter Vescey, so you don’t want to take that with a grain of salt — more like an entire salt lick. But it’s out there.

According to someone in the know, team president Donnie Walsh “may possibly retire” within the week because of “health” and “a failure to land LeBron” — a plan he sold to Cablevision owner James Dolan soon after signing a $15 million, three-year deal in April 2008.

Neither reason has been confirmed. Walsh, who has next season and $5 million remaining, did not respond to an e-mail concerning his unsteady situation.

Vecsey also said that Kevin Pritchard is in line to replace him. Pritchard, recently let go in Portland for building a good young core of players (we don’t get it either) recently interviewed for the Nets job to replace Rob Thorn.

The LeBron reasoning is crap. That is not a failure of Walsh, the situation was impossible and the fact he had them in the discussion at all took smart maneuvering.

Health, however, is another matter. Marc Berman (Knicks writer for the post) confirmed that Walsh is having health issues. He had neck surgery recently that put him in a wheelchair for a while. He needs a hip replaced.

Walsh has said nothing of this. Maybe with LeBronapaloza behind him and the Knicks, both can focus on their futures and see what they really want.

  1. Rob - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    I heard on the radio this morning the Knicks are talking about bringing back Isaiah Thomas to be the new GM. If true, that would be both catastrophic and hilarious.

  2. Barry - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    While I wish Donnie Walsh a speedy recovery and hope he feels better, Kurt Helin’s professional appraisal of Walsh’s tenure with the Knicks is more than generous.
    Knick fans have been subject to two wretched seasons of 32 and 29 wins in order to clear cap space for LeBron. There is no LeBron. No D-Wade, no Dirk, no franchise player. The result is Amare. A nice player who is a bit more explosive offensively than David Lee to whom no one wanted to give a max contract. The Knicks’ biggest weakness is defense. They got the one player who is as bad a defender as Lee.
    What did Walsh’s sign and trade of Lee reap? A bunch of refuse from the substandard Warriors. The prize is Anthony Randolph, the long athletic forward that the Knicks desire. A player who has averaged 20 minutes per game in his career with a bade ankle.
    Walsh’s machinations to gain cap space has left the Knicks with no 1st round draft picks for the next two years and a bench bereft of talent. Not that he would have used the draft effectively, the Knicks, in desperate straits for a point guard, chose PF Jordan Hill over Brandon Jennings and then ditched Hill for cap space.
    Walsh dumped Zach Randolph for absolutely nothing who proceeded to put up 20 and 10 this year. He dumped Jamal Crawford who was the NBA Sixth Man of the Year. What vet remains on the Knick roster? Eddy Curry!
    And finally, we can’t forget L’Affaire Marbury. Feel better Mr. Walsh. Thank you for trying your best. And please go quietly into the night.

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