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  1. Donnie Walsh out as Knicks president in shocker

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    UPDATE 4:16 pm: According to Howard Beck at the New York Times, another sticking point of negotiations was Dolan’s insistence that Walsh take a 40 percent paycut, from $5 million down to $3 million. Yes, it’s still a boatload of money, but what if your boss asked you to take a 40 percent paycut? It’s…

  2. Is Mike D’Antoni’s job now in danger in New York?

    Jun 3, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Toney Douglas

    Donnie Walsh, the consummate professional who never speaks ill of ownership in public, said all the right things in his phone conference call Friday about him leaving as president of the Knicks. Well, the right things if you’re Knicks owner James Dolan. Nobody bought a word of it, but Walsh went through the motions, as…

  3. Report: Knicks owner promises he won’t rehire Isiah Thomas

    May 5, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Isaih Thomas Introduced as New Knicks GM

    If at one time a statement can be no-brainer true and completely moot, this next sentence is it: Knicks owner James Dolan has promised team president Donnie Walsh he will not rehire Isiah Thomas to work for the Knicks, according to the New York Post. The report says that Dolan has become disillusioned with Thomas…

  4. No news as deadline passes on Knicks Walsh, which is good actually

    May 2, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    From our “no news is good news” file… The deadline for Knicks owner James Dolan to pick up the option year on team president Donnie Walsh’s contract came and went Saturday without a word out of Madison Square Garden. Which is actually a good thing, the New York Post says (and when was the last…

  5. D’Antoni gets backing of Stoudemire, Anthony. Will it matter?

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    I feel I could do better walking into the Palms casino in Vegas (got to help out those struggling Maloofs), stroll right up to roulette table and place one bet on what the next number will be than I do of predicting what the New York Knicks will do this week. Owner James Dolan has…

  6. Report: Knicks near two-year extension for Donnie Walsh

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    The season has ended, let the speculation about the Knicks begin. It all starts with Donnie Walsh — the contract for the team president and defacto GM is up on April 30. Knicks owner James Dolan has to make a decision this week. And more than just pick up an option, he is looking to…

  7. Mike D’Antoni lets his frustration with Knicks play slip

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Because Mike D’Antoni likes coaching the New York Knicks, he doesn’t say bad things to the media about his boss, owner James Dolan. It was Dolan who pushed the Carmelo Anthony into the form it finally took in the end, he wanted the deal and was willing to give up players. Team president Donnie Walsh…

  8. Could Donnie Walsh return to Knicks if he wants to?

    Apr 5, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

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    Maybe, for once, it’s not James Dolan screwing up the Knicks. We’re not sold on that — we will assume he is until proven otherwise, remember Dolan pushed to make sure the Carmelo Anthony deal happened no matter how many players went West — but maybe not everything is his fault. Maybe team President Donnie…

  9. New York made the playoffs so D’Antoni would like an extension

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    It could have been coincidental that Mike D’Antoni’s agent was around the Knicks offices and team just days after the team secured their first playoff spot since approximately the Carter administration. Or at least it felt like it was that long in New York. But it turns out no, the agent has a motive. Who…

  10. Isiah Thomas doesn’t deny he helped get ‘Melo to New York

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:19 AM EDT

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    It’s never easy to tell reality with Isiah Thomas. With him, the truth is messy and convoluted. You want to make it simple — “he was a terrible GM” — but reality is more complex (he made some very good draft picks and showed an eye for spotting talent out of college). So it is…

  11. Walsh: Blame me for Knicks struggles, not players or coach

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Introduce Mike D'Antoni

    Let’s hope James Dolan doesn’t take him literally. Donnie Walsh did what a good executive of a slumping (1-6 in last seven) team should do — tried to take the heat off his players and coach. Walsh threw himself on the grenade when taking to Marc Berman of the New York Post: “I take more…

  12. Knicks ticket prices to jump average 49 percent next season

    Mar 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Apparently the economy is turning around in New York City. Because the cost of seeing the new and improved New York Knicks will be a lot higher next year — the average seat price is going up by 49 percent, as the New York Post reports. MSG sports president Scott O’Neil is scheduled to meet…

  13. Will the Knicks bring back Chauncey Billups?

    Mar 11, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    He’s not a classic Mike D’Antoni system guy. Almost the opposite, really. But Chauncey Billups is an elite point guard who can adjust his game (and D’Antoni has adjusted his system a little), a guy who is comfortable on the big stage and under pressure, and in the end that’s what matters. When has played,…

  14. Carmelo is in New York! (And Dolan wants you to know Isiah is not)

    Feb 23, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony James Dolan

    New York is buzzing over Carmelo Anthony. Like first date with Minka Kelly kind of buzzing. They are over-the-top giddy and can’t believe they landed this. Anthony himself is trying to play it cool while still getting the lay of the land in what can be the unpredictable world of the New York Knicks. Like…

  15. Knicks issue statement clearly about Isiah Thomas (that nobody believes)

    Feb 20, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    The Beacon Theater Joins MSG Entertainment

    We’ve told you about Isiah Thomas’ influence in efforts to bring Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks. The specter of a return of Thomas — just after the team spent two years climbing out of a hole Thomas dug for the organization — was enough to push the Knicks to release a rare joint statement to…

  16. Isiah Thomas does not deny he is consulting with Knicks

    Feb 16, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

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    This post will help you understand why, during the press conference introducing Carmelo Anthony as a Knick next week, you will hear Donnie Walsh thank Isiah Thomas through gritted teeth. Thomas was on sports talk radio in Miami Tuesday night and, amazingly, there was little talk about FIU basketball and a lot about the Knicks.…

  17. David Stern is trying to make sure Knicks keep Donnie Walsh

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Three years ago, it was NBA Commissioner David Stern who helped guide Donnie Walsh to the New York Knicks. The franchise needed a stable… no, it needed a sane hand at the helm. Walsh hasn’t been perfect, but he has changed the direction of the franchise. He got the payroll under control, started building with…

  18. Walsh gets a win, Knicks hire former Nugget GM Warkentien

    Feb 5, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Mark Walkenstein

    In a week where he needed one, Knicks president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh got a win. The Knicks have hired former Nuggets GM Mark Warkentien as their director of pro personnel, the team announced Saturday. Since he was expected to be hired as a consultant so this is a much more entrenched position within…

  19. Isiah Thomas still looms over the Knicks. Not figuratively, either.

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Not only does Knicks GM Donnie Walsh not have his contract extension picked up in spite of the team’s turn around on the court (and in payroll), but Walsh hasn’t even really talked about the situation with James Dolan, the Knicks owner. The two haven’t talked about the team, its resurgence or a contract. Nothing.…

  20. Donnie Walsh isn’t worried about Donnie Walsh’s future

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Beacon Theater Joins MSG Entertainment

    Some time before May 1 — so three months from now — New York Knicks owner James Dolan has to pick up (or not) the contract for Knicks GM Donnie Walsh for next year. Because Dolan never speaks to the media (not in four years) and because his decisions in the past have not all…

  21. Will the Knicks pick up Donnie Walsh’s contract? And how is this even a question?

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Pat Riley will probably win it. I can see that. But Donnie Walsh of the Knicks deserves to be NBA Executive of the Year. In three seasons Walsh has taken a team drowning in big contracts for bad players and has turned them into something respectable. The Knicks are not contenders, but they are pretty…

  22. Knicks pass Lakers as league’s most valuable franchise

    Jan 26, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire high five

    The return of the Knicks to prominence has led to a 12 percent jump in the value of the franchise, vaulting it over the Lakers into the top spot on Forbes’ rankings of NBA franchise value. The Knicks jumped from a worth of $586 million to $655 million, based on increased season ticket sales and…

  23. Maybe revenue sharing isn’t the answer for owner, players

    Jan 5, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

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    If there is one thing that both the players and owners almost, kind of agree on in the new Collective Bargaining Talks is the concept of increased revenue sharing. The players see it as a way to help make small market teams competitive — allowing those teams to pay higher salary and avoid issues such…

  24. It’s Monday, time for Isiah Thomas to put his foot in his mouth

    Nov 22, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Isiah Thomas is living proof of the power of cognitive dissonance. The latest in a long line of examples comes from an interview with the Chicago Sun Times and discussion of the sexual harassment charges leveled against him and Madison Square Garden while he was running the Knicks. The one paragraph rundown is Anucha Browne…

  25. NBA office may answer New Yorkers’ prayers, keep Isiah Thomas away from Knicks

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT

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    The NBA has formally begun its investigation into the alleged improper pre-draft workouts conducted by the New York Knicks. One possible upshot of this: Isiah Thomas could be suspended — in practice banned — from the Knicks. Oh, there would be dancing in the streets the likes of which has not been seen since Mick…

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