Courtesy of The Post’s Marc Berman:
The deadline for Knicks owner James Dolan to exercise the option on team president Donnie Walsh’s final contractual year passed yesterday without a move, meaning the Knicks president likely is in store for a spanking-new contract extension instead, likely two years. His only concern was regaining control as No. 1 decision-maker of basketball operations, believing too many voices were in Dolan’s ear, even outside the organization. The Post has learned that, beyond Isiah Thomas’ informal conversations with the owner, celebrity superfan Spike Lee also had Dolan’s ear and lobbied hard for the Knicks to keep rookie Landry Fields out of the Carmelo Anthony trade.
If true, good news, obviously. Walsh is the man who raised the sails, lifted the anchor, and pointed the Knicks ship in the right direction when he took over a few years ago. Granted his draft picks have been borderline brutal, but Walsh’s precise incisions into cap space were swift, necessary, and intelligent. Extending him for two more years is huge as the Knicks enter another league shifting free agency period next summer. Walsh is a master at manipulating the cap and has shown what his expertise can do. I, for one, am a huge fan.
What I most like about this article is the Spike Lee influence. Not saying that’s definitely fact but how ridiculous and comical is it if it were? It’s like Jack giving input on L.A.’s decision to trade Bynum or Penny Marshall telling the Clippers they’ve gotta get rid of Baron Davis because his beard’s too loud. Not sure how Spike manages to keep Landry Fields, but then again nothing Dolan does will surprise me.