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Knicks to extend Donnie Walsh this week?

Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:01 am
Edited on: April 27, 2011 10:28 am
 
The New York Knicks are reportedly on the verge of re-signing president Donnie Walsh. Posted by Ben Golliver. donnie-walsh

On Monday, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported that the New York Knicks were considering a two-year extension for president Donnie Walsh, with an announcement coming shortly.

On Wednesday, that talk continues, as the New York Post reported that Knicks owner James Dolan is "on the verge" of announcing that Walsh will be retained.
Knicks owner James Dolan is on the verge of announcing Donnie Walsh will be back as Knicks president for next season with an agreement all but sealed, according to multiple sources. One league source said it could be a done deal by this week.
"Jim really wants him back and the only issue left is Donnie getting assurances he's in charge of the basketball operations," the league source said.
According to sources, Walsh had become concerned about the increasing influence of some of Dolan's MSG lieutenants regarding basketball matters. Walsh had taken the job three years ago with the promise he would be the head of basketball operations.
The New York Times also reported Wednesday that an extension is coming in the short term.
Walsh and Dolan are expected to meet within the next few days, according to several people with ties to the team, all of whom asked for anonymity to protect their relationships. All expressed confidence that Walsh would be back, probably with a two-year contract extension.
Money is not an issue, nor is Walsh’s health or his enthusiasm for the job.
Walsh led the Knicks back to the playoffs for the first time since 2003-2004, signing free agent All-Star forward Amar'e Stoudemire last summer and trading for All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony days before this season's trade deadline.

The Knicks were swept out of the first round by the Boston Celtics over the weekend. As noted this weekend, retaining Walsh is a no-brainer given the substantial progress made under his leadership.
Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:04 am
 

Knicks to extend Donnie Walsh this week?

I was positive that Dolan would sabotage everything by firing Walsh and bringing Isiah back.  Not a Knicks fan, but as a basketball fan I am happy that there is finally some sanity in NY.



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Knicks to extend Donnie Walsh this week?

hahahahaha absolutely not, writing at its finest



Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Knicks to extend Donnie Walsh this week?

The original head-line has a word I'm not familair with "verger", is it even a word?



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Knicks to extend Donnie Walsh this week?

Fire him and bring Isiah back.  The Bulls loved trading with Isiah....



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Knicks to extend Donnie Walsh this week?

While I agree Donnie Walsh deserves to be extended, allowing him the chance to complete putting the new Knicks together.  He's made substantial progress adding Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire as a nucleus from which to further build.  I really can't say it was Walsh's fault, but I must say I was extremely surprised at the Knicks' very early exit from the playoffs.  No, I didn't expect them to take the series fom the Celtics, but I did anticipate a win or two, especially at home.  I'm still scratching my head as to how a team with two bona fide superstars doesn't make a better showing.  It seemed that in simply qualifying for the playoffs, they had accomplished their goals for the year.  Sure, injuries were a contributing factor, but come on Knicks just a single win.  Even the Pacers had a better showing against the number one seed, Chicago.  I can't lay the blame on anyone just yet, but Walsh and Dolan are in the mix somewhere.  They need to get this put to bed, and keep moving forward.  They're headed in the right diection, but there's plenty yet that needs to be done.



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Knicks to extend Donnie Walsh this week?

Donnie Walsh has done a quite remarkable job for the Knicks, especially this past year.  Landing Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony was nothing short of a coup.  The proud New York basketball community is once again energized.  It's sure been awhile.  However, there are clearly a few more moves needing to be made for the Knicks to return to their glory days.  Walsh appears to have the tools to get this done.  What a huge defeat if James Dolan cannot get this deal done with Walsh.  He would be nuts not to work this deal out.  Sounds like Walsh could well be making a power play based on the strength of what's been accomplished so far, so be it.  Get this deal hammered out and get on with building the new Knicks.  It would be a disaster to risk all that has been accomplished so far.  Surely some kind of compromise can be reached with Walsh allowing all to generally reach their objectives.  It would be a huge disappointment to New York fans if this whole thing breaks down to childish bickering.  My goodness, you just made the playoffs for the first time in years.  Focus on what's been accomplished and what needs to be accomplished, and work together to make it happen.  Do not, for any reason, jeopardize the substantial progress that has been made so far.  BTW, congratulations N Y for your return to the playoffs.  It's great to see you back where you belong.


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