Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Donnie Walsh is Perhaps Better Than Isiah Thomas
The Knickerbockers today made it official that Donnie Walsh is the new team president, replacing Isiah Thomas. Zeke, though, is still the head coach and Walsh said a decision on that would be made in a few days. As I said in an earlier post, this is a good move if only because it rids the Knicks of Thomas' control over the roster and hopefully will put an end to trading young players for bad contracts. I would assume that Thomas will be gone as the head coach, even if Walsh was the one that hired him in Indiana. Conflicting reports say that some players are happy with Zeke and others want him gone like a zit on the tip of your nose. It just doesn't make sense to keep him around, though. The fans have protested and petitioned to try to get rid of the guy. Even if he has shown flashes of being a decent coach, it's just not a good idea to keep him on the sidelines. There are plenty of other coaching options out there. The most popular one is going to be Mark Jackson, a former Knick and long-time New Yorker who knows the city and knows basketball. He was a point guard and was all about fundamentals. I know he has no coaching experience, but they can afford to take a risk if it's at the expense of getting the fans back.