In case you missed it, Alan Hahn wrote a wonderful, slightly depressing piece on Donnie Walsh, his daily routine, and all the pros and cons of returning to manage the Knicks for another two years that he’s weighing internally. New York needs Donnie; he’s as invaluable as any players on the roster (especially in the offseason) and his experience can’t be discounted.
I can say this with conviction: Walsh wants to finish the job here. This will most likely be his last stop, which is something he’s suggested before. The plan was to build this team into a championship contender and leave a legacy in New York, where it all started for him in the Bronx, at Fordham Prep.
The time in New York hasn’t been easy, no. He endured three surgeries, for starters. Yes, the Isiah thing hung over the franchise for a long time and there were suddenly a lot of cooks in the kitchen when July 2010 came around.
He has until June 30, but what is there to decide? It has been widely reported (first by our old pal, Ken Berger at CBSSports.com) that James Dolan plans to offer Walsh a two-year extension. But there has to be more than just a standard two-year deal in place here. There has to be some kind of retirement strategy, that includes a transition of power to Walsh’s successor, whom he would groom along the way. Walsh may also remain under contract after his tenure as president ends to be a well-paid advisor. Then he can live back at home with Judy in Indianapolis, which has to be an appealing result.