NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Donnie Walsh doesn’t know if he is wanted back by the Knicks, and apparently now is not the time to ask him about it.
“None of your d— business,” Walsh snapped before New York’s 131-109 win over the Utah Jazz.
James Dolan hasn’t picked up the option on the Knicks president’s contract for next season, even after his moves over the first two years have the Knicks in position for their first playoff appearance since 2004.
“It’s going to be addressed when it’s addressed,” said Walsh.
Walsh is in his third season with the Knicks, the one he targeted for the team to be moving forward after two years spent worrying almost entirely about the salary cap. The Knicks are in position to end their franchise-worst streak of nine consecutive losing seasons.
Considering the Knicks finished with only 23 wins twice in the last five seasons, it would seem Walsh has done enough to secure his future in New York. But if he has, nobody has told him.
Dolan hasn’t taken questions from the media since giving Isiah Thomas, Walsh’s predecessor, a contract extension in March 2007. Nor did he comment on Walsh last summer after a report that the president was considering retirement. Dolan’s spokesman, Barry Watkins, said last month that MSG does not comment on anyone’s contractual situation.
Coach Mike D’Antoni, who has said Walsh is one of the reasons he came to New York, also faces uncertainty regarding his future with the club.
D’Antoni’s trademark is the run-and-gun offense, a style the Knicks seem to be moving away from with the additions of Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups.
“I think the question for next season will be,” one league executive told the NY Post, “is D’Antoni the right guy to lead a team with a halfcourt star in Anthony and a 35-year-old point guard?”
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