Donnie Walsh: Struggling Knicks ‘Missing Pieces’

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Knicks president Donnie Walsh admitted to the NY Post on Sunday that he “didn’t expect” to see his team falter with Carmelo Anthony.

“Nobody did,” he added.

The Charlotte Bobcats became the latest team to run past the struggling Knicks on Saturday night.

Coach Mike D’Antoni was worried before the game, saying his team lacks “pizazz.”

“There was work to do before. There’s work to do now,” Walsh told the paper. “We were missing pieces before the trade. We’re still missing the same pieces.”

With center Ronny Turiaf sidelined, Landry Fields was sent to the bench for a smaller, quicker lineup.

“What I see is I still got to get players to put around him to help (Carmelo),” said Walsh, admitting Anthony needs sizable help. “I know what I have to add to this team. We need bigger people on the team. We need more of them.”

Walsh said last week if there’s blame to go around, it falls on him — not D’Antoni.

“I think it’s very little (on D’Antoni),” said Walsh. “It’s very difficult to put these pieces back together in a short time. That’s why it’s more my responsibility. That’s why I rarely trade in the middle of the season, because it’s a big adjustment. But I made it because it’s better for the franchise long term.”

Not even lineups changes helped the Knicks, who are 7-12 since acquiring Anthony and Chauncey Billups in a deal that was supposed to shoot them up the East standings. Instead, the Knicks’ lead over ninth-place Charlotte is down to 4½ games.

“We haven’t played well. We’re definitely struggling as a team,” said Walsh. “We’re starting from scratch, on offense and defense. You can throw the records out.”

Will the Knicks play their way out of a playoff spot? Sound off in the comments below…

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  1. jodub says:

    Also, I have to rant a little. Been watching the Knicks telecasts and listening to Breen and Frazier hammer the team over and over again about their lack of D due to no hustle or heart and inability to adjust to your new teammates on offense. Now, I expect that type of garbage talk from the ref loving Breen, but hearing some of the stuff come out of Clyde’s voice is very alarming.

    I remember the glory days of the early 70s with he and Monroe in the backcourt. When Monroe was traded here, I remember in interviews after almost every game Clyde saying that it took a whole season to learn to know how to play with newly acquired Monroe and learn his tendencies and know where he wants the ball. I remember how he would say that even in the middle of the season the backcourt tandem still was not sure who to defend and where to be, and this was with the acquisition of only one major player. The team just took off after the mid-break in ’72-73 or was it 71-72…damn I’m gettin old lol

    Yet, Clyde expects this team with two knew major players and complete roster overhaul past mid-season to have it all figured out by now. The more I listen to Clyde, the more I realize that…first the captain Willis Reed and Ewing are the defacto best players in Knick history lol….but more importantly he is a yes man for the Knicks and just goes with the flow of what everyone else says. I mean he went through the same crap back then and reporters were grilling him and Monroe after every game and Clyde kept preaching patience back then. Why not help out your former team and preach patience with them, too. Maybe he don’t like the players. If so, he should just say that instead talking the hustle and lack of heart and effort garbage that people like Breen, who never played sports on any level, continues to yap about, but know nothing of.

  2. jodub says:

    I seriously do not know what to make of this team. The next time a team totally overhauls their roster and gets rid of all of their role players and plays dominant like all of you seem to expect, will be the first time.

    D’Antoni will not change his style. Why? Well, he never has had to since he started coaching. Its always been one way or no way. So, you know the last thing he would want to do is change the style completely during season, especially with the team in the playoff hunt. His mistake and everyone who thinks they know the Knicks inside and out mistake was probably thinking that this group of players can play D. It is obvious that as a team, they cannot. D is not only about hustle. You have to trust one another. Trust the other knows their assignment and will be there if your not. Practice helps. It is not an excuse. Practice would have made this team better defensively, but not by much because guys like Stoudemire will never help effectively. Turiaf is not a starting C in the league. Billups is too old to keep a young point in front of him the whole game. Shawne Williams fouls too much. Jeffries, probably the team’s best defender, it way too much of a liability on O. Yet this team is supposed to be much better than what it is? How? It was destined for .500 for the rest of this year.

    Please do not mention Denver. If anyone knows basketball at all, they know that Denver is 10 deep and well built for a good run but will falter come playoff time with no go-to guy for the refs to respect. No Melo type player to command 10+ foul shots per game in a series. The fast pace will have to slow down, and with no Nash type gaurd as well to speed it back up, Denver will be out quick. Just the way it goes. Especially, if they play OKC. Durant and Westbrook will be at the line the whole series. Denver could not beat that.

  3. steve says:

    Its the same NYC paradigm: they think that buying expensive players will automatically mean success [hello George Steinbrenner]. You have to have players willing to subjugate their egos for the collective good. They have to play as a team.

  4. CHILLWILL says:

    I BELIEVE STARTED OF GOOD WITH AMARE AS TEAM LEADER AN THEY SHOULD CONTINUE TO KEEP HIM AS TEAM LEADER?.. EVER SINCE CARMELO AN BILLUPS. CAME TO NY THE WHOLE CEMESTRY CHANGED?.. THEY DON’T PUSH THE ROCK TO AMARE AS THEY USED TO AN NOW AMARE STATUS IS GOING DOWN AN SO THE TEAM?.. THEY NOT REALLY FOCUS EVER SINCE THE BIG CHANGE CAME TO NY… THEY NEED TO COMMITT TO THE NEW CHANGE WITH NEW CHANGE COMES TEAM COMMITMENT. ONCE THEY COMMITED TO WIN THEN AN WILL ONLY THEN WILL THE CEMESTRY WILL START GOIN INTO AFFECT BECAUSE THEY WILL BE WILLING TO SACIFIST ON WHO GONNA BE THE MAN AN PLAY TEAM BALL?..

  5. sportythief says:

    A.randolph, cbrewer- derek brown,danphoni only plays stars,he destroys young talent except l feilds, get a coach that make people believe in themselves

  6. sp says:

    I get that Walsh is taking “one for the team” but have we noticed that there is a big man tearing it up in Minnesota that was on the KNICKS but D’Antoni wouldn’t even give him a chance?? D’Antoni is stubborn and does not know how to deal with people.

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