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Jimbo Dolan

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Mar 24, 2008
What the hell has Walsh ever won? The last guy they hired from the Pacers didn't work out too good! They should have gone after Jerry Colangelo.
tjrover

King City, CA

#2 Mar 24, 2008
i think the game has passed walsh by, a younger up and comer would have been better but at least a guy like Walsh may not necessarily put up with Dolan's BS. plus anybody has got to be better by isiah.
George

Flushing, NY

#3 Mar 24, 2008
^Please shut up. Colangelo wasn't gonna come here anyway.
Championship

Cold Spring Harbor, NY

#4 Mar 24, 2008
Who gives a crap. Its not Isiah
Michael Steinbrenner

New York, NY

#5 Mar 24, 2008
DAMMIT. I had just sent in my resume. With Isiah as my competition, I had a great chance...
Fed Up

Lake Orion, MI

#6 Mar 25, 2008
Walsh may or may not work out, but you have to wonder if he was hired to keep Isiah in some capacity (maybe as some kind of scout).

The fact that Dolan didn't even pursue other candidates makes you wonder (I think I remember Leon Hess going after a guy named Kotite that way, and that didn't turn out too well). There was no reason to not speak with Colangelo or Jerry West. But then, if you count on one thing, it's Dolan making the wrong move. He's without question the worst owner in sports.
Bob

Lake Wales, FL

#7 Mar 25, 2008
Not my first choice (Colangelo was) but not my last one either (Billy King). Walsh has no rings but he does know how to build a contender from the ground up. That skill is missing from current mgmt.

Another plus is that Walsh is an ADULT. For all the talk Thomas has made over the years
about being a man on an off the court he has run the Knicks like an adolescent, not surprising since the owner has behaved like one as well.

I have no idea how this will turn out but I do know that if Isiah is gone and Walsh has real power to rebuild the Knicks then at least they are in a position to return to respectability. Thats light years from where they are now.

“Go Ahead Liberal, Make My Day”

Since: Dec 07

Florida...home of Trump

#8 Mar 25, 2008
What about Jerry West ?
HiPlainSphincter

Milford, CT

#9 Mar 25, 2008
Dolan sux

WEST WEST WEST
bill

East Quogue, NY

#10 Mar 25, 2008
The Pacers have been nosediving in recent years, so naturally the Knicks want their GM. What happened to the Jerry West rumor?
Jack The Cabbie

New York, NY

#11 Mar 25, 2008
Fed Up wrote:
Walsh may or may not work out, but you have to wonder if he was hired to keep Isiah in some capacity (maybe as some kind of scout).
The fact that Dolan didn't even pursue other candidates makes you wonder (I think I remember Leon Hess going after a guy named Kotite that way, and that didn't turn out too well). There was no reason to not speak with Colangelo or Jerry West. But then, if you count on one thing, it's Dolan making the wrong move. He's without question the worst owner in sports.
Oh Boy, do I remember Rich (The Worst Coach In Jets History)Kotite. This was an example of an owner with absolutely no clue as who to hire. And now, another clueless owner, Jim(I Am As Dumb As I Look) Dolan did the same. You need to hire people who can win. Jerry West, would have been a good choice, but Dolan is such a moron, he doesn't know quality when he sees it. Those of you who have Knicks season ticket, you have my condolences!!
Merrick NY

Bronx, NY

#12 Mar 25, 2008
Who really cares about the Knicks? The NBA is one step below Professional Wrestling now...
Tony from Brooklyn

East Hampton, NY

#13 Mar 25, 2008
Gee how many NBA titles has Walsh won?
whbfd61

Hyde Park, NY

#14 Mar 25, 2008
Hiring Walsh is a great move for the Knicks. He is by all accounts a reputable individual who will restore both dignity and respectability to the Knick organization. Second, he is well established at running a NBA team. He built a team that made its way to the championship game and was a regular contender for the Eastern Conference title. If not for the brawl at Detroit, the subsequent suspensions and changes in lineups that were necessitated by the fight, the Pacers would still have both Ron Artest and Steven Jackson in their lineup. This year, nagging injuries to their two best players have severely limited the team's results.

As far as Walsh winning a championship, I think only Jerry West has a championship ring on his finger as an executive. In the past 5 years, he made Memphis competitive, but still did not get them past the first round of the playoffs. Plus I question his desire. Colangelo and King would have been good choices, but Walsh is certainly their equal.

As far as coaching, Walsh should take this opportunity to remove Isiah, who has caused irreparable damage to the Knicks. My hope is that he hires Mark Jackson, who I believe offers the same ultimate upside as Doc Rivers in Boston. While Rick Carlisle has the experience, I just don't believe he's ready for the NY spotlight.

Final point, Isiah is really no different than the other major stars from the NBA resurgence in the 80's and early 90's. None have made major in-roads in either the coaching ranks or operations level management in the NBA. Magic, Larry and Isiah have all had their issues coaching. Quite honestly, these players (along with MJ) are best suited as owners and policy makers within their clubs, not decision makers at the management level. Their knowledge and competitive drives remain greater than the players they direct today.
whbfd61

Hyde Park, NY

#15 Mar 25, 2008
Hiring Walsh is a great move for the Knicks. He is by all accounts a reputable individual who will restore both dignity and respectability to the Knick organization. Second, he is well established at running a NBA team. He built a team that made its way to the championship game and was a regular contender for the Eastern Conference title. If not for the brawl at Detroit, the subsequent suspensions and changes in lineups that were necessitated by the fight, the Pacers would still have both Ron Artest and Steven Jackson in their lineup. This year, nagging injuries to their two best players have severely limited the team's results.
As far as Walsh winning a championship, I think only Jerry West has a championship ring on his finger as an executive. In the past 5 years, he made Memphis competitive, but still did not get them past the first round of the playoffs. Plus I question his desire. Colangelo and King would have been good choices, but Walsh is certainly their equal.
As far as coaching, Walsh should take this opportunity to remove Isiah, who has caused irreparable damage to the Knicks. My hope is that he hires Mark Jackson, who I believe offers the same ultimate upside as Doc Rivers in Boston. While Rick Carlisle has the experience, I just don't believe he's ready for the NY spotlight.
Final point, Isiah is really no different than the other major stars from the NBA resurgence in the 80's and early 90's. None have made major in-roads in either the coaching ranks or operations level management in the NBA. Magic, Larry and Isiah have all had their issues coaching. Quite honestly, these players (along with MJ) are best suited as owners and policy makers within their clubs, not decision makers at the management level. Their knowledge and competitive drives remain greater than the players they direct today.

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