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If Donnie Walsh leaves New York, is Bryan Colangelo in?

Apr 7, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

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It’s 23 days until Knicks owner James Dolan has to make some kind of decision about extending the deal of team President Donnie Walsh. Or maybe it’s Dolan’s decision. Either way, the April 30 deadline is approaching and we know nothing.

In the absence of solid information, you get rumors.

Like this from the New York Post that Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo — who may well get drummed out of Canada after the season — could step into the Knicks job.

If (Mike) D’Antoni and his coaching staff is part of James Dolan’s future, hiring Colangelo makes a lot of sense. Colangelo, who had rousing success with the Suns, is amidst a major rebuilding project in Toronto, which is 21-56 after last night’s no-show 131-118 loss to the Knicks.

The logical successors for Walsh are in house — current GM Alan Houston, and consultant Mark Warkentien. Plus, NBA blogger law requires us to include Kevin Pritchard’s name as a possibility any time there is a team GM opening.

The smart money is to keep Walsh for another year (at least), give him the chance to build off the foundation that has been set. He did the dirty work and got the franchise out of the hole dug by the previous administration. He deserves the chance.

But it Walsh walks, for whatever reason, the Knicks have a few good options to choose from. And a couple bad ones. Lord knows what direction Dolan will lean.

  1. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 7, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Kurt, I don’t know anyone who will admit to reading the Post let alone reference anything
    they report. Colangelo hasn’t done a good rebuilding job in Toronto so what will make you
    believe he can do something in New York.I say Houston and Ewing will be the coach.

  2. nagidac - Apr 7, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Colangelo is only in the middle of a “major rebuilding project” now because he couldn’t build a winner with Bosh in Toronto, despite replacing almost the whole team a couple of years ago (only players that remained from the previous season were Bargnani, Calderon and Bosh). Even after turning over all of those players, they still couldn’t make the playoffs in the weak (at the time) Eastern Conference. If I were the Knicks, I’d pass on the guy who paid Hedo $53M and Amir Johnson $34M.

    • LPad - Apr 8, 2011 at 11:54 AM

      they already been eliminated and have been for a while. However, I agree highly overrated GM.

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