Management

Meet Josh Harrellson

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     Knicks fans, meet Josh Harrellson, our freshly minted 2nd round pick. He reminds me a bit of Landry Fields in terms of his personality and humor.

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Lawrence Frank May Still Be In Running For Knicks Assistant Coach Job

     Today Marc Stein of ESPN reported that Mavs assistant Dwane Casey is now the favorite for the Toronto Raptors head coaching job. How is this relevant to the Knicks? The former favorite for the Toronto job, Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, has been rumored with the Knicks. Frank has been a great defensive coach in this league and spent some time around the Knicks last offseason before being hired in Boston. He would be a perfect fit for a team transitioning away from their fast paced game. Nobody draws up a better half court defense than Lawrence Frank. Frank has spoken with Detroit who also has a head coaching vacancy but my fingers are crossed that he’s still available after all the head spots have been filled. In the Knicks search for a defensive coordinator, no man is more perfect for the job than Lawrence Frank and I am holding out lots of hope that we get him. As Dallas has shown, defense wins championship and few are better at coaching defense than Lawrence Frank.

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James Dolan Should Re-hire Walsh for NOT Getting LeBron James

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     Tonight, Dallas knocked off the Miami Heat 105-95 to win the series in 6 games. In the series, LeBron James was widely criticized in the series for coming up short in games 4 and 5 and he didn’t disappoint in game 6. Yes he had 21 points on an efficient 9-15 night but he wasn’t his dominant self, his body language was horrible and he wasn’t good on defense. He was a -24 in plus/minus margin and he had 6 turnovers. As Dallas knocked off the “Big Three”, “Heatles” whatever you wanna call them, I could not help but think to myself “I’m happy we don’t have LeBron”. Is he widely considered the best player in the NBA? Yes. I do not know what everyone sees. Yes he is athletically superior and a great defender but his offense is inconsistent and he’s given up on his teams in the past. As documented in Adrian Wojnarowski’s great article today, LeBron gave up on the Olympic national team in 2008 and last year on his Cleveland team in the eastern conference finals. His body language and effort suffers greatly when things do not go well, as documented in game 6. If I had to pick a player to build a team around, I would much rather have Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade or Chris Paul. Or I’d love to have Amare and Carmelo Anthony. While Donnie Walsh didn’t get LeBron last summer, which had more to do with Wade recruiting the big 3 not Walsh’s skills, I think he created a better nucleus then the one that Miami has. Does Miami arguably have 2 of the top 5 players in the league? Yes but the Knicks are not far behind and we have room to improve either by acquiring another star or 2-3 good solid role players. Even though LeBron was the Knicks number 1 goal, I think Walsh should be applauded for coming up with a backup plan that may pay bigger dividends then LeBron ever would. Carmelo and Amare have always been known as being thick skinned players. For example, take this years playoffs. Yea we lost 4-0, but much of that had to do with injuries. Amare played at 50% because he cared about the team, he wanted to win. Carmelo rebounded from a terrible game 1 to post a 42 point 17 rebound game 2. We have guys that want to win and they have no history of ever giving up on a team, much less 2 of them. You have to be mentally tough to play in New York. LeBron’s shown that he’s a mental midget. He gets criticized for poor performance and then plays worse. As my Uncle and I discussed tonight, what if this had been Knicks vs Mavs? The Miami media is nowhere close to the New York media in terms of opinionated criticism. I told my Uncle “if this had been New York, LeBron would have jumped off the Hudson Bridge tonight” and my Uncle responded “Too scared, he’d be hiding under the bridge with (chris) Bosh”

Adrian Wojnarowski Article: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-wojnarowski_lebron_james_dwyane_wade_nba_finals_game6_061111

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Knicks Create Partnership With a D-League Team

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     On Wednesday the Knicks came to an agreement with the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA D-League giving them full control over the team. Allan Houston will be the general manager of the Bayhawks. I like the move in that Houston gets some good experience as I believe he should be our general manager one day. He’s incredibly bright and I think he’d do a great job. I really hope that this isn’t a move to keep him away from the team which it might be. I’m trying to be positive and believe that Dolan’s actually trying to help Houston rather than keep him away. This is significant because it gives the Knicks the closest thing there is to a minor league system in the NBA. It gives us flexibility with players like Jerome Jordan so we can keep them under team control and have them get minutes in another league. Each team is allowed 2 players to send from the NBA to the D league to get minutes without risk of losing them to another club. I believe this is crucial to the team because we need to find some hidden gems to play with the big 2, hopefully big 3.

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What Do You Think Walsh’s Legacy Should Be?

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D’Antoni Expected to Hire Defensive Assistant

In the wake of the Donnie Walsh disaster, word has been reported that Mike D’Antoni will finally hire a defensive assistant as has been suggested by the Knicks front office. This is significant because D’Antoni had a falling out in Phoenix when he dismissed GM Steve Kerr’s request that he hire current Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. Widely criticized by the media and Knick fans for the lack of defensive prowess in his coaching style, D’Antoni is trying to prove to Knicks hierarchy (Dolan and his secret lover) that he’s the right man for this job. I applaud D’Antoni’s ability to adjust his coaching style to fit the players that he has. Last season after trading for Carmelo Anthony, the “seven seconds or less” offense was all but scratched as most possessions down the court became half court sets that usually resulted in isolation basketball. This move shows D’Antoni’s intelligence. He realizes that this is going to be the best chance he’ll get to win championships and he needs to put his ego aside and admit he needs help coaching defense. Also it shows that he’s potentially panicked about his job security and is more likely to listen to the front office in hopes of securing his job moving forward. The only name I’ve heard so far is Lawrence Frank, who spent time around the team in the offseason, but he may be hired as the head coach in Toronto. I’ll keep posting as names come out but I believe it’s a very positive sign that D’Antoni is looking to hire an assistant.
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What’s Next For the Knicks?

Well what’s next for the Knicks now that Walsh is gone? Well first of all, finding a new GM is imperative. There are 2 people that I have heard that are possible replacements. I’m gonna go against myself and name the Knicks Voldemort: Isiah Thomas. Isiah could rear his big ugly head right back into the general managing job. That would re-create the giant black cloud that smothered the franchise for the 5 years he was in New York. The other name I’ve heard is Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Collangelo. Colangelo worked well with D’Antoni in Phoenix and it’s been thought that they’d work well again together in New York. Walsh is staying on as a “consultant” for the team but who knows how much power he will hold in decision making.

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That brings me to the next thing. What does this mean for Mike D’Antoni? If I was D’Antoni, I’d be scared for my job. Contractually this is his final season with the Knicks but there are questions about whether he’ll even be given a chance to finish his contract out in New York. With the media constantly chirping in our brilliant owners ear, there’s a good chance that Dolan isn’t going to keep D’Antoni as well. Walsh was D’Antoni’s biggest proponent in the organization and now that he’s out of power D’Antoni’s job status is again in question. Similar to the GM situation, there are 2 names I hear to potentially replace D’Antoni: The recently “retired” Phil Jackson, and Kentucky Wildcat coach John Callipari. Callipari is part of this CAA agency, the same agency that represents Carmelo Anthony and has ties to Dolan, that seems to have a lot of pull with the Knick organization.

The most pressing issue for the Knicks right now is the NBA draft. We need to know who’s making the decisions and what coach we are drafting for. Whether it’s Jackson or D’Antoni or Callipari, the decision needs to be made soon because we need a home run with this pick. It’ll be interesting to see what happens but the future of this team is very much up in the air. Knick fans everywhere should be very worried in that Dolan is once again alone in the drivers seat and the car seems to be headed towards a cliff.
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Donnie Walsh Out In New York…..

….. Brace yourself Knick fans. This is the darkest day we’ve seen since he who must not be named was hired as president of basketball operations in 2003. The Knicks and Donnie Walsh have decided to part ways. By failing to relinquish his power, despite his complete lack of basketball knowledge, James Dolan has once again messed up the New York Knicks. Both parties claim that it was a mutual divorce, but it’s widely believed by me and by many Knick fans that Dolan’s unwillingness to let Walsh do his job is what caused this. Why Dolan has any say in the basketball operations of the team is beyond me. He’s got no basketball background, 95% of the moves that he’s instigated have been detrimental to the team. It’s his best friend, he who must not be named, that drove this franchise into the ground. The one thing Dolan has done correctly, bringing in Walsh, has just been unraveled by his pure stupidity and lust for control.

Walsh has been a savior for the flailing franchise. He took us out of cap hell and brought us into a state of optimism and excitement. He took a team loaded with overpaid duds, Eddy Curry, Zach Randolph, Steph Marbury, and he transformed it into a younger roster anchored by 2 superstars. For the first time in years there is excitement around the team. He was deserving of whatever contract he requested under whatever terms he requested. His track record (creating those great Indiana teams in the 90′s) showed that he was the perfect man to build this team. Frank Isola reports that Dolan wanted Walsh to take a 40% pay cut to remain with the team. That’s bullshit. There’s no other way to say it. Donnie Walsh deserved to stay here under his terms and conditions. It makes me and all Knick fans angry that the future of our team is now in question because our moronic owner is a power monger. The organization has climbed out of a dark pit and I believe Dolan just shoved us back into it. Image via Getty Images
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Report: Donnie Walsh to be Re-signed This Week

According to Peter Vescey of the New York Post, Donnie Walsh’s deal should be completed sometime this week:

“Because the give and take was not completed until last week, I’m informed. Late changes were made by Walsh and approved by Dolan. Once Camp Cablevision’s required “six signatures” (I don’t think my source was being facetious) are on the dotted line, apparently sometime this week, the deal will be done, if not publicized.

Clearly, the new arrangement will give Walsh the control to finish the Knicks’ renovation the way he sees fit. If there was any uncertainty about that it would have demonstrated Dolan did not want him back. That would have shoved Walsh into retirement”

It’s about damn time. Walsh has done a masterful job of cleaning up Isiah Thomas’ mess and transforming it to a team on the rise with a 2 headed tandem of superstars that has the fan base excited for the first time in years. The next order of business is whether coach Mike D’Antoni will return next season. Next year will be the final year of D’Antoni’s 4 year 24 million dollar deal. Walsh loves D’Antoni so it’s assumed that he will return but you never know with Jim Dolan as the owner. While Walsh should have and is supposed to have full control, that may not always be the case. As shown the Carmelo Anthony trade, Dolan will not hesitate to overrule Walsh and jump into any basketball discussions. This does and should worry Knick fans because there’s no doubt, Dolan’s a moron. This is proven by his continual honeymoon with Isiah Thomas despite the fact that he hasn’t coached since the 2007 season.

Overall I believe Walsh’s return will ensure the return of D’Antoni barring any interference by ding dong dolan. Walsh is a master personnel man and Knick fans should be very encouraged that he will be back for the next couple seasons (details of the contract have not yet been released).

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