First, a few front office notes:
The Isiah Thomas “hiring” got everyone very upset this weekend. Everyone, except Mike D’Antoni. Big Mike isn’t bothered by Zeke’s unfortunate re – upping. He also said the Donnie Walsh “isn’t going anywhere.” This, obviously, comes in response to the reports that Walsh considered leaving the organization because of the hiring. Although it looks to be a moot point because NBA owners aren’t expected to approve the hireing while Thomas is still head man at FIU, it still seams curious why Dolan would even consider this type of move. Guess all the free agents and cap space in the world can’t fix being dumb. Too bad, that would be great.
More on Walsh from realgm.com:
Walsh’s four-year contract with New York includes a clause designating March 31, 2011, as the day the team must decide whether it will pick up the option on his fourth year, according to a league source. The Knicks will be some 70 games into the 2010-11 season at that point.
Little early to say, but at this point, why wouldn’t the team want Donnie back? The real question will be whether or not Donnie is healthy enough. That is probably a much greater if.
… and speaking of the schedule. It’s out! They open on October 27th in Toronto. Read the full version here
My top 5 games (in no particular order):
October 30th- vs. Portland- The new Knicks first home game against Walsh favorite Rudy Fernandez and company.
December 17th- vs. Miami- Knicks first look at the Heat happens to be at home. Over/Under the number of things thrown on to the court in protest of LBJ- 6.5.
December 25th – vs. Chicago- Gotta love the Christmas game. Best part? It’s a noon time start so it’ll won’t interrupt dinner. Merry Christmas from the NBA schedule makers.
January 7th- @ Phoenix- Amar’e returns to the desert.
February 11th- vs. LA- I just love when Kobe comes to MSG.
Here’s a scheduling oddity for you. In January, the Knicks go on two separate Western Conference trips. January 7th – 12th sees them going to Phoenix, LA, Portland, and Utah. They come home for two games, then go back on the road to play Houston, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City. Wow, that’s a heck of a fortnight.
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Written by Jordan Lauterbach
Jordan Lauterbach began his career in sports media when he was just 15 years old at WKWZ - Syosset. He hosted a sports talk show for nearly four years before moving on to WCWP - Brookville in 2006. Lauterbach currently hosts a sports talk show every Wednesday night from 9pm - midnight (eastern) and a College Football talk show on Saturday mornings from 11am - 12:30 (eastern) (can be heard online at wcwpsports.com and on Long Island on 88.1fm). Follow me on twiiter: jlauterbach1