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Donnie Walsh not bitter about Knicks exit
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 15, 2013 @ 10:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK — There might not be a lot of players still with the New York Knicks who were brought in by Donnie Walsh, but in a lot of ways, his stamp is all over the team that has earned the No. 2 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
Walsh, who left New York afer the 2010-11 season when he didn’t get a contract extension and rejoined the Indiana Pacers last June, made moves that helped pave the way for the current Knicks roster.
He signed Amar’e Stoudemire in the summer of 2010 and acquired Carmelo Anthony at the trade deadline in 2011. The Stoudemire deal was risky, given his knee issues, but the Knicks gave him a five-year, $99.7 million contract.
To get Anthony, New York gave up Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, its first-round pick in 2014 and second-round picks in 2012 and 2013.
“The blogs and all were ripping it apart because we gave up a lot of players,” Walsh said. “I just think this guy’s so good. You’re never going to get a chance to get a guy like this. As much as I didn’t want to give up the players, I thought we should do it.”
Anthony and Stoudemire are the only Knicks remaining from that team. New York general manager Glen Grunwald began remaking the roster after Walsh left, and he was able to do it because of the financial flexibility Walsh helped to create.
In one of Grunwald’s first moves, he amnestied released Chancey Billups using the amnesty clause and acquired center Tyson Chandler.
“Glen’s done a great job, starting with that,” Walsh said. “I wrote him right away. ‘You’ve got the one guy who’s perfect for this team.’ And he is. It’s a good team. Glen did that. I give him all the credit for that.”
Now president of basketball operations with the Pacers, Walsh has put together a team somewhat differently. He hasn’t made moves to acquire a superstar, but has a collection of solid players.
If both advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs, it would create an awkward matchup for Walsh — one … [For more on Knicks architect Donnie Walsh not bitter about exit, click here.]
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