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Carmelo Anthony surprised by Walsh’s departure

Jun 7, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

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How unexpected was the exit of Donnie Walsh from the power structure of the Knicks?

It caught Carmelo Anthony off guard, he told Newsday.

The Knicks forward said Monday that he was getting treatment at the Knicks ‘ practice facility Friday when he heard that Walsh will be ending his tenure as team president.

“It was awkward,” Anthony said when asked how he felt. “I was up in Westchester and someone pulled me aside and told me. It caught a lot of people by surprise, because no one knew what was going on.”

It also reportedly caught Walsh himself off guard. It caught everybody but owner James Dolan off guard. (And maybe Isiah Thomas.)

Dolan had no obligation to tell Anthony or Amar’e Stoudemire his plans in advance, nor did he need to consult them. But, that’s what good organizations do — they at least give their star players a head’s up, so they don’t learn about it from some random guy at the practice facility, or on ESPN (or PBT!). You show that kind of respect to your stars. But respect has not been a buzzword with the Knicks in a long time.

  1. randysavage4ever - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    WOAH WOAH WOAH WAIT A MINUTE – “thats what good organizations do…” – give star players a heads up?

    I agree I AGREE 100 percent…

    which is why I can not understand why they did NOT tell Carmelo or WHY THE LAKERS DID NOT CONSULT KOBE BRYANT WHEN THEY HIRED MIKE BROWN…

    seriously owners need to get a clue and understand it is HIGHLY IMPORTANT you stay in the loop with your leaders and star players…

    YOU THINK THE INDY COLTS WOULD EVER MAKE A GM MOVE OR HEAD COACHING MOVE WITHOUT CONSULTING THE HONORABLE PEYTON MANNING???

    i dont think so, which is why i dont understand the knicks or lakers right now…especially LA…

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