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Donnie Walsh takes blame for struggling Knicks

Posted on: March 28, 2011 9:07 am
 
New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh says he is to blame for the team's recent struggles. Posted by Ben Golliver. donnie-walsh

The New York Knicks are an absolute disaster, 1-9 in their last 10 games and losers of six straight, and the finger-pointing is reaching a crescendo. Carmelo Anthony isn't a team player! It's Mike D'Antoni's systems! Amar'e Stoudemire needs to step up! And on and on and on.

Thankfully, one person in this mess is willing to accept responsibility: Knicks president Donnie Walsh.

Walsh tells the New York Post that the team's recent struggles since a trade deadline move that brought Anthony to the Big Apple from the Denver Nuggets are his "responsibility" and that D'Antoni shouldn't be blamed for failing to put the pieces together in the short term. 
Walsh said the collapse is not on coach Mike D'Antoni.
"I think it's very little [on him]," Walsh said. "It's very difficult to put these pieces back together in a short time. That's why it's more my responsibility. That's why I rarely trade in the middle of the season, because it's a big adjustment. But I made it because it's better for the franchise long term.
"Though it's a future trade, I realized it would be a major disruption, and it's hard to get back to where it was. I liked the team we had before. But I didn't think we were going to win the championship."
Given the circumstances, this is absolutely the right move for Walsh, as New York's problems clearly run deeper than simple rotation fixes or locker room chemistry. A recallibration of expectations from management was necessary and some short-term cover for D'Antoni doesn't hurt anything. 

Eventually, though, the Knicks will come to the point where buying time is no longer a sufficient company line. Think about it: if expectations are this high now, what will they look like come training camp?

Things are ugly in New York now, but it's important to remember that if next season begins like this one has ended, things could will be a lot worse.
Comments

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:18 am
 

Donnie Walsh takes blame for struggling Knicks

Unlike Thomas, Walsh is a real man. This guy doesn't look to blame others, but takes responsibility and shows accountability. That's the difference between a leader and a follower.
I agree with you wholeheartedly here.

The Knicks weren't going anywhere before the trade. They might have won 43-45 games, but odds are they'd have been out in the first round.
I disagree with you slightly here. I believed that the Knicks were going to win 42 games this season and it might still happen. However, stranger things have happened in the first round of the playoffs where the really lower seed knocks out the really higher seed, so my odds of them being knocked out in the first round are even.

Chandler was no loss, since he wasn't coming back.
I don't think that Wilson Chandler was coming back either, but the Knicks would have received a draft pick if they did not match the offer he received. So there was the loss of a draft pick.

Felton was simply filler until Paul or another PG comes in 2012-2013.
I take issue with this because Raymod Felton was playing well, and he was only getting paid $7,500,000 this season and next season whereas Chauncey Billups who looks like he is disinterested in being here is getting paid getting paid nearly twice that this season and has an over $14,000,000 player option for next season. If he opts out who starts at the point next season? This was a loss.

Gallinari was the lone loss.
I disagree here because Danilo was not the only loss. As I mentioned earlier we lost a draft pick on Chandler, and potentially lost a point guard because I don't think Chauncey is coming back. Then on top of that the Knicks gave up three more draft picks (a first rounder and two second rounders) in the deal. That's four draft picks and a high-quality starting point guard for Carmelo Anthony right there.

Hopefully, Donnie returns and adds some pieces.
Unfortunately Donnie is done and Isaiah Thomas is all but assured of his return to The Garden.

Jeffries is a stiff and should have never been picked up. He's useless.
I agree with you but you have to remember that this is an Isaiah Thomas player (as well as Renaldo Balkman) which is why I further believe that Donnie is gone and Thomas is coming back.

Good luck Donnie wherever you go next.




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Donnie Walsh takes blame for struggling Knicks

Unlike Thomas, Walsh is a real man. This guy doesn't look to blame others, but takes responsibility and shows accountability. That's the difference between a leader and a follower. That's the difference between being brave or a coward. Bravo to Donnie.

The Knicks weren't going anywhere before the trade. They might have won 43-45 games, but odds are they'd have been out in the first round. Chandler was no loss, since he wasn't coming back. Felton was simply filler until Paul or another PG comes in 2012-2013. Gallinari was the lone loss. Walsh had to make the trade and in the long run it will help.

Hopefully, Donnie returns and adds some pieces. The Knicks need a legit shooting guard and a center. Toney and Fields would be better served coming off the bench and proving a spark. Jeffries is a stiff and should have never been picked up. He's useless. Turiaf is another guy this team can let go and would miss little.

The Knicks have 2 super stars to build around. Chris Paul would be a great fit and perhaps next year they can use Billups expiring contract and some other pieces to forge a deal. This off-season, Walsh has to add those pieces to use and those he can trade. Hopefully, he'll get the chance to do that.




Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: March 28, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Donnie Walsh takes blame for struggling Knicks

Tonights game is a must win. Getting closer to Playoffs. Melo and Stoudamire must become Teamates now. Fields hs to do more then just rebound. Billups has to get back to form he had first several games with Knicks. Douglas must stayed focused. They must play with Rage on Defense. Hustle- Double Team- Hard Fouls- Push up against other teams bodies-Bump. This game will define rest of season and Playoffs



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Donnie Walsh takes blame for struggling Knicks

When you're only concerned with getting overrated stars that this generation of idiot fans will pay money to go to MSG to see, this is the type of garbage team you end up with. I was a Knick fan from 1987 until the day Ewing was traded. Best decision I ever made was to stop liking them that day, because they've turned into an absolute joke.



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Donnie Walsh takes blame for struggling Knicks

I hate dissin Knick fans as Im a die-harder. I even watched every game last year....How many of u can say that? Exactly No one! Anyway what gets me upset is that we are playing brutal right now and we all know this BUT again to remind...Chandler was gone next year...Ray was a fill in for 2 years...Gallo is surely missed not because his 30 one night/5 the next performance but when hes on fire man hes on...AR great to see him doing good in Minn but If he was that good we would of played and kept him and Moz whatver....so as it boils down we got Melo...Dont worry fans we will build and we will go very far...Gasol is #1 priority...guy is a monster



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Donnie Walsh takes blame for struggling Knicks

I know it's easy to pile onto the Knicks (I'm actually hoping they get back to being beasts of the east)..... but I've always said no team will win a championship with Carmello Anthony on it. I was relieved the Nuggest got rid of Anthony, and I do believe he DOES NOT consistently play enough defense to help the team win. It's easy to leave him out there and let him score 24-30pts a night, but at some point the guy must play defense EVERY PLAY. Inevitably the Knicks will get better with an improved bench, but unless they get some defensive help for Carmello.....fugget about it.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Donnie Walsh takes blame for struggling Knicks

This is looking more and more like a typical Knick blunder. They gave away a teamful of talent- it was a bad trade. Melo was coming anyways and if not there are lots more stars wanting to play for the Knicks. Looks like an Isiah move and romour has it, it was.

The improvement had been remarkable but again Knicks tried to take the easy way by buying a winner. Now others will question whether or not they really want to head to the Knicks. The Nets may get the last laugh after all.



Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Donnie Walsh takes blame for struggling Knicks

but the trade was a long term thing.  Nobody could have thought melo was the final piece and this team wins the east.  Still a thin bench, still need to figure out how to play some D.  Just sniffing the playoffs, getting another piece and continue rebuilding in the offseason is fine with me.

3- Thismove was made for next year and the year after, when all these other free agents become available, so the knicks can have PG that can push an up-tempo offense... like chris paul,  or a kid like brandon knight out of college (if they can swing a deal for his pick spot).
4- Stupidity runs wild on CBS boards. As always!


Excuses, excuses, excuses...... I'm starting to love the Knicks fans. This season is a trainwreck, so they talk about the future and point out how the Knicks will sign every free agent in 2012 and beyond. Um, ok.....

Funny thing is though, nobody knows what the next collective bargaining agreement will look like. One thing that is certain though is that there will more than likely be a hard salary cap and the Knicks with two max salary players currently on their roster won't be able to sign anyone!

So keep making excuses and wishing upon stars Knicks fans, but the bottom line is your team sucks and will continue to suck.

There is hope for New York however....

The Yankees season starts in a matter of days!!!!



Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: March 28, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Donnie Walsh takes blame for struggling Knicks

ok....1-9 in the last ten is pretty dam bad....but the trade was a long term thing.  Nobody could have thought melo was the final piece and this team wins the east.  Still a thin bench, still need to figure out how to play some D.  Just sniffing the playoffs, getting another piece and continue rebuilding in the offseason is fine with me.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Donnie Walsh takes blame for struggling Knicks

Some blame is due Walsh. But as the article, and other posters have mentioned, he will be the fall guy for the teams problems. He is already down on the ground, and the bus is rounding the corner heading towards him. The coach the Knicks should have gone after is the one the Bulls have, Tom Thibodeaux who knows how to coach defense at a high level.


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