Category Archives: Knicks
When Donnie Walsh was hired as president of the New York Knicks in April
2008, his first priority was to slash a roster high on salary and low
The Knicks’ payroll had escalated to more than $130 million in 2005-06,
easily the league’s highest, under team president Isaiah Thomas. All
that cash resulted in just 23 victories.
Walsh knew of the marquee free-agent class coming this summer, headlined
by LeBron James. He had two years to get the Knicks under the salary
cap, so he took a calculated risk few others in New York have ever dared
to try — go slowly and rebuild.
Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni is feeling good these days about the Knicks’
future, feeling almost like a King.
The sense throughout the Knick organization is the Cavaliers’ stunning
second-round ouster against Boston puts them on a level playing field
with Cleveland in signing free agent LeBron James in July.
"I feel good about the possibility of being a very good team next year,"
D’Antoni told The Post yesterday. "I don’t know anything yet about the
main guy [James]. I really don’t have a clue and I don’t think anyone
knows. But I am confident we can make it right. I do feel we’re in a
good position — either way."
There went the Heat out of the NBA playoffs Tuesday night, again with a
whimper, as Dwyane Wade was eliminated in the first round for the third
time in the four seasons since he was seen holding the Finals MVP trophy
Maybe Miami’s latest playoff loss will be the Knicks’ gain …
Bill Walker, one of this past season’s pleasant revelations, said he
believes one of the reasons for the Knicks’ 29-53 record was a lack of
leadership in the locker room.
Walker, who came over from the Celtics in the Nate Robinson trade on
Feb. 18, told The Post it was jarring to see none of the veterans step
up in the leadership department after he spent two seasons in Boston
with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.
First thing last: None of the above mentioned grounds will be Johnson’s
decisive motive for rejecting the Knicks, should they even proposition
him. Except, perhaps, for LeBron and Dwayne Wade, his bottom line is no
different than every other player’s bottom line.
Though the final decision belongs to Knicks team president Donnie Walsh,
coach Mike D’Antoni feels it would be prudent to move on without Tracy
McGrady next season, according to team sources.
D’Antoni has seen McGrady labor for 21 games, averaging 8.5 points, 3.3
rebounds and 3.3 assists.
Knicks president Donnie Walsh said yesterday he would talk to Raja
Bell’s representative now that Bell has been waived by the Warriors.
Bell, the defensive guard who starred for Mike D’Antoni in Phoenix, will
become a free agent when he clears waivers today, but more important
Bell becomes a free agent this summer.
With salary dumping comes opportunity, and for new Knicks swingman J.R.
Giddens, that opportunity is now.
Knicks forward Al Harrington often wears a ballcap with a scripted "NJ."
The former star at St. Patrick’s High in Elizabeth, who lives in
Edgewater, said he’s not trying to send out any subliminal messages —
but told The Post he definitely would be interested in signing with his
hometown Nets this summer, especially since they will play in Newark,
10 miles from Elizabeth, the next two seasons.