Walsh remains calm during Knicks' tai...

Walsh remains calm during Knicks' tailspin

There are 17 comments on the Newsday story from Jan 12, 2009, titled Walsh remains calm during Knicks' tailspin. In it, Newsday reports that:

As the Knicks continue to plummet in the standings, as they try to avoid going 0-4 on a road trip that ends tonight against the Hornets, team president Donnie Walsh remains in observation mode.

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VIRGIL

Newnan, GA

#1 Jan 12, 2009
he went 3 friggin minutes. Not even a full 3 minutes and he said he went to long on it. Give me a break, the only thing he went to long on was a friggin twinkie
jys22

United States

#2 Jan 12, 2009
...at least Donnie is consistent with his words. I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet either, but you have to wonder sometimes whether someone's 'shot is not falling' is a viable excuse anymore, or whether the player is just a streaky shooter. It's tough to find a consistency in this league. That Houston game was horrible. 76 points in the D'Antoni system? Sheesh..
Tiffany

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#3 Jan 12, 2009
the only thing walsh could do is be easy,and chill
Gene in FL

Lehigh Acres, FL

#4 Jan 12, 2009
This team may actually win FEWER games than last year? And, why in heaven's name would Lebron want to leave what is now a championship caliber team (Cavs) for the NY Titanic?

Since: Jan 07

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#5 Jan 12, 2009
In two weeks Walsh took a team that was playing exciting ball and competing (6-3), and turned it into an unwatchable after 3-quarters lottery team. Why the rush to dump salaries. Was the TT for Zach or Crawford for Harrington deal not going to be there next year? Walsh continues to blow smoke up our b's with talk about playoffs "I think it's very valuable to make the playoffs," Walsh said. yea...without his deals the Knicks would be a playoff lock in the East...
AboveDaRim

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

#6 Jan 12, 2009
This entire roster needs to be flushed down the toilet. They're terrible!

I'd be happy to sing charlie Ward, Allan Housten, Latrell Spreewell, Larry Johnson and Patrick Ewing over the veteran's minimum to at least salvage some Knick pride and dignity.

What we have at present is a bunch of paycheck, passionless, league rejects and certifiable back ups attemtpting to play pro ball.

At least Housten had an excuse... Talk about all of the wrong stuff !sheesh!
Tiffany

United States

#7 Jan 12, 2009
i lke this years roster,aint nothing wrong wit it.they can make the playoffs
NYStateOfMind

Ridgewood, NY

#8 Jan 12, 2009
Drew Brown Bundini wrote:
In two weeks Walsh took a team that was playing exciting ball and competing (6-3), and turned it into an unwatchable after 3-quarters lottery team. Why the rush to dump salaries. Was the TT for Zach or Crawford for Harrington deal not going to be there next year? Walsh continues to blow smoke up our b's with talk about playoffs "I think it's very valuable to make the playoffs," Walsh said. yea...without his deals the Knicks would be a playoff lock in the East...
I believe a GM has to seize the opportunity to make trades in order to execute the GM's plan...

Donnie Walsh made it known his objective was and is to clear salary cap space for the FA class of 2010. There's no guarantee the Warriors or Clippers would have made those trades now or during the upcoming off season...

While I wasn't sure D'Antoni was the right choice to coach this team, I will say that I do respect Walsh for his patience and staying on plan...

There's obviously no guarantee that LBJ will be a Knick in 2010, but there are some solid FA's for 2010 the Knicks have an excellent chanoe of signing. I believe the fans will accept Walsh's plan because the Scott Layden/Isiah Thomas regimes yielded ONE playoff appearance...

It can only go up from here...

Since: Jan 07

Location hidden

#9 Jan 12, 2009
NYStateOfMind wrote:
<quoted text>
I believe a GM has to seize the opportunity to make trades in order to execute the GM's plan...
Donnie Walsh made it known his objective was and is to clear salary cap space for the FA class of 2010. There's no guarantee the Warriors or Clippers would have made those trades now or during the upcoming off season...
While I wasn't sure D'Antoni was the right choice to coach this team, I will say that I do respect Walsh for his patience and staying on plan...
There's obviously no guarantee that LBJ will be a Knick in 2010, but there are some solid FA's for 2010 the Knicks have an excellent chanoe of signing. I believe the fans will accept Walsh's plan because the Scott Layden/Isiah Thomas regimes yielded ONE playoff appearance...
It can only go up from here...
these Knicks won't sniff the playoffs for 5 years and major FA's in their 30's do not leave their own contending team to go play for a lottery team. this team will be rebuilt with a few lottery picks and it will take longer than 2 years to make the team look attractive to ANY of the major Free agents.. Keep hope alive!!!
Tiffany

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#10 Jan 12, 2009
the knicks just need a win,and then they could get a winning streak going
NYStateOfMind

Ridgewood, NY

#11 Jan 12, 2009
Drew Brown Bundini wrote:
<quoted text>these Knicks won't sniff the playoffs for 5 years and major FA's in their 30's do not leave their own contending team to go play for a lottery team. this team will be rebuilt with a few lottery picks and it will take longer than 2 years to make the team look attractive to ANY of the major Free agents.. Keep hope alive!!!
I don't think it will take 5 seasons for the Knicks to make the playoffs. "These Knicks", as you referred to them, won't have half the players in 2 seasons than they do today...

Who's to say which FA will or won't leave their current team? I can see Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade leave for the right opportunity. Don't forget the Knicks can make trades for any FA that won't sign with their current team in 2010...
Tiffany

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#12 Jan 12, 2009
the knicks just need some confidence

Since: Jan 07

Location hidden

#13 Jan 13, 2009
NYStateOfMind wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't think it will take 5 seasons for the Knicks to make the playoffs. "These Knicks", as you referred to them, won't have half the players in 2 seasons than they do today...
Who's to say which FA will or won't leave their current team? I can see Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade leave for the right opportunity. Don't forget the Knicks can make trades for any FA that won't sign with their current team in 2010...
like I said.. keep hope alive.... who exactly do they trade for these FA's from a Knick team of bench players backups? The two most valuable chips (Zach and Crawford) were already dumped for those perenial all-stars Tim thomas and Harrington. In 2010 after the lebron dream Wade will be 30 with 2 major knee injuries (can you say allan Houston) and Nowitski wil be 33, Nash will be 36.. They even wrote yesterday the Kidd might come to NY to entice FA's to sign. Kidd will be 36 in March..... who's fooling who her?!!!! or are we in denial?
NYStateOfMind

Ridgewood, NY

#14 Jan 13, 2009
Drew Brown Bundini wrote:
<quoted text>like I said.. keep hope alive.... who exactly do they trade for these FA's from a Knick team of bench players backups? The two most valuable chips (Zach and Crawford) were already dumped for those perenial all-stars Tim thomas and Harrington. In 2010 after the lebron dream Wade will be 30 with 2 major knee injuries (can you say allan Houston) and Nowitski wil be 33, Nash will be 36.. They even wrote yesterday the Kidd might come to NY to entice FA's to sign. Kidd will be 36 in March..... who's fooling who her?!!!! or are we in denial?
You raised a good point on who do the Knicks trade for those pending FA's. My guess is either draft choices, players on the roster at the time of trade, or a combination of the two...

My view is David Lee will be looking for, if not s max, close to a max contract. I don't think the Knicks will pay that kind of money for a player with his somewhat limited offensive skills. He's one who could be traded for a player that could be part of the new foundation...

Wade will be 28 in 2010. There's always some form of risk in signing players with a history of health issues. AS far as those you've mentioned, I wouldn't bring those players in. No retreads needed...

I don't think it's a question of who's fooling who as much as this franchise needs to be rebuilt literally from the bottom up....

Since: Jan 07

Location hidden

#15 Jan 13, 2009
NYStateOfMind wrote:
<quoted text>
You raised a good point on who do the Knicks trade for those pending FA's. My guess is either draft choices, players on the roster at the time of trade, or a combination of the two...
My view is David Lee will be looking for, if not s max, close to a max contract. I don't think the Knicks will pay that kind of money for a player with his somewhat limited offensive skills. He's one who could be traded for a player that could be part of the new foundation...
Wade will be 28 in 2010. There's always some form of risk in signing players with a history of health issues. AS far as those you've mentioned, I wouldn't bring those players in. No retreads needed...
I don't think it's a question of who's fooling who as much as this franchise needs to be rebuilt literally from the bottom up....
Neither Lee Nor Robinson is signed past this year

Since: Jan 07

Location hidden

#16 Jan 13, 2009
NYStateOfMind wrote:
<quoted text>
You raised a good point on who do the Knicks trade for those pending FA's. My guess is either draft choices, players on the roster at the time of trade, or a combination of the two...
My view is David Lee will be looking for, if not s max, close to a max contract. I don't think the Knicks will pay that kind of money for a player with his somewhat limited offensive skills. He's one who could be traded for a player that could be part of the new foundation...
Wade will be 28 in 2010. There's always some form of risk in signing players with a history of health issues. AS far as those you've mentioned, I wouldn't bring those players in. No retreads needed...
I don't think it's a question of who's fooling who as much as this franchise needs to be rebuilt literally from the bottom up....
I'm confused. ONe day it's okay that they dumped players to free space for 2010. The next day we admit that they must be rebuilt from the bottom up (which most have to admit will take longer than 2 years)?! So that means we now admit that Walsh is blowing smoke when he says playoffs. Maybe if he didn't look and talk like someone's Grandad, then the NY sports media would challenge and questions his moves more...
Triple A Auto

South River, NJ

#17 Jan 13, 2009
Walsh is not human. He is a carcass with a computer chip implanted, programmed to make decisions like a) Red Auerbach, b) Walsh himself, when he actually was living and breathing and thinking, and c) Jerry West. He is on a very slow auto-pilot cycle. That's why he appears so calm. A human could not do this job. There are too many f--k ups in that organization, from the stoned-out owner at the top, to the stoned-out players, and alll the way down the line. A human would kill themselves from the agony and frustration.

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