In three seasons as Team President and General Manger of the New York Knicks, Donnie Walsh resurrected the team that had been torn apart by his predecessor Isiah Thomas. Not only did Walsh get the team under the salary cap by getting rid of some bad contracts that Zeke had saddled the team with but Walsh made the Knicks a Playoff team this past season with a very bright future. Walsh signed All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire to a long-term pact and engineered a mid-season trade with the Denver Nuggets to acquire Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups. Instead of being rewarded for turning the franchise around Walsh was given the shaft.
The “New York Post” reported Friday Knicks Team Owner James Dolan issued a statement that Walsh will not be back as President and General Manager next season and instead will serve as a consultant to the club next season. Dolan said “Following a long series of discussions regarding his future role with the New York Knicks, Donnie Walsh and I have mutually agreed he will be leaving his position as president, basketball operations of the Knicks at the end of June. Donnie will remain with the team as a consultant for the 2011-12 season. In a relatively short time with the Knicks, Donnie made a tremendous impact, which will be felt for many years to come. We thank Donnie for his leadership, hard work and many contributions to the revitalization of the team.”
Knicks Senior Vice President Of Basketball Operations Glen Grunwald will serve as interim Team President starting July 1, as the team begins its search for a new man to run the organization. The report mentions former Portland Trail Blazers General Manager Kevin Pritchard and Kentucky head coach John Callipari as two possible candidates for the position.
Walsh reportedly wanted full control of basketball operations but during his discussions with Dolan he felt that would not be the case if he came back in his present role next season. Walsh deserved to get the control he asked for after making the club relevant once again in the Association after being relegated to being a laughing-stock in the NBA. However once more James Dolan made the wrong decision; something he has done repeatedly during his time running the franchise.