Good news, Knicks fans! Your problems are about to be half-solved! Donnie Walsh will soon be taking some of the strain off of Isiah Thomas.
Howard Beck of the NEW YORK TIMES reports that the former Pacers exec will be named the team’s new president of basketball operations. A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET Wednesday to make the formal announcement.
However, don’t expect to see Zeke given the heave-ho from the Garden.
MSG chairman James Dolan has remained supportive of the beleaguered Thomas, for whatever reason, and is expected to keep him involved in the organization. Maybe Jim just can’t say no to Isiah’s million-dollar smile.
And Walsh is also good buddies with Thomas. In fact, it was Donnie that gave Isiah his first NBA coaching job when he hired him to lead the Pacers in 2000. So in a way, Walsh can be blamed for the current Knick nastiness.
But on the plus side, Donnie’s arrival means good news for the Big Apple’s tabloids and TV stations:
In a major concession, Dolan also granted Walsh the authority to rewrite the Garden’s highly restrictive policies on speaking with the news media. Walsh who long styled himself as an accessible, media-friendly executive, insisted on retaining that freedom before accepting the job, the person said.
The Garden has generally disallowed any employee — from team executives to coaches, players and staff members — from speaking to reporters without permission or, often, without a public-relations person present.