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    Default NY Daily News: Walsh is officially back with the Pacers...

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ba...icle-1.1102153

    Donnie Walsh, former NY Knicks president, takes job with Indiana Pacers

    The long-time Pacers CEO will lead the team's efforts to sign players in free agency, starting with the team's own restricted free agent point guard George Hill. Walsh's arrival does not mean that Larry Bird's exit is imminent.

    BY MITCH LAWRENCE / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    Ex-Knicks president Donnie Walsh, ousted by Garden chairman Jim Dolan last June after he was offered a 40% pay cut, is returning to the Indiana Pacers.
    Walsh, the long-time Indiana CEO before he came to New York to rebuild the Knicks, will be leading the Pacers in their efforts to land free agents starting when the period opens Sunday, league sources said Monday. The team's No. 1 priority is to re-sign point guard George Hill, a restricted free agent, and sources said Walsh will be spearheading the team's efforts to keep Hill.

    Walsh, 71, has a close relationship with Pacers owner Herb Simon and has been attending the team's pre-draft workouts in recent weeks. He was ousted near the end of his third season in New York after Dolan refused to give him full autonomy and offered him a substantial paycut. Although he was a consultant for the Knicks this past season, he had no input with the team from his Indianapolis home.

    Dolan's move to trade for Carmelo Anthony in 2011 was a factor in Walsh deciding he had enough of the way Dolan and the Garden conduct their business, as Walsh always had to put up with Isiah Thomas' presence as Dolan's chief, unpaid consultant. Officially, the two sides explained Walsh's departure by saying he refused to agree to a multi-year deal. The Knicks have never replaced Walsh, who undertook the massive rebuilding effort that landed the team Amar'e Stoudemire in July, 2010, after it lost out to Miami in the LeBron James sweepstakes.

    Walsh's return to the team he led for 24 seasons will not necessarily mark the end of Larry Bird's tenure as team president. Bird said he wanted to return after the Pacers' season ended with a second-round loss to the Miami Heat. One indication that the NBA incon likely is staying is that Kevin Pritchard is expected to be promoted from director of player personnel to general manager. Formerly the GM in Portland, Pritchard was brought to the organization by Bird. GM David Morway has not been around the team in recent weeks and the team has not explained his absence.

    Should make for an interesting week. The focus on re-signing Hill is very interesting, indeed. Says to me that they know that Hibbert is in the bag.


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    Or they plan to let him walk?

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    Default Re: NY Daily News: Walsh is officially back with the Pacers...

    Make Steve Nash our #1 priority, and I'm sold.

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    Default Re: NY Daily News: Walsh is officially back with the Pacers...

    Cant say im thrilled about this tbh

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    Hibbert would be my #1 priority.......

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    This sucks.
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    Default Re: NY Daily News: Walsh is officially back with the Pacers...

    I can't decide if I'm encouraged or concerned by this turn of events here.

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    Confused by the speculation that this is a "bad move".

    Did you all feel that way when Pritchard was brought on board as a member of the management team? Walsh is clearly being brought in, in the same capacity.

    More good experience and knowledge behind Bird = a positive thing, no matter how you slice it.

    Additionally, there's been literally *zero* evidence that the team won't sign Hibbert. Not sure why people would take the way this article is written to suggest otherwise. Hibbert is about as close to a sure thing as one could imagine short of him signing the extension this season.

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    I just don't understand this.

    There is no reason to bring in Donnie. Larry and David did an excellent job since Donnie left. Now it appears that Bird wants David out and wants Kevin as GM. That is fine, imo. Why bring in Donnie though? I know he did great things for this organization but Larry did a fabulous job given the cards he was dealt. This team is on the verge of being a championship contender and I hate to see Bird go. I know that the article says just because Donnie is coming back doesn't mean Bird is gone but I would be totally shocked if Bird also came back. I am not saying he hates Donnie but they worked together before. Granted the circumstances have changed from season to season but I don't think anyone can deny that this thing has worked out much better since Donnie left and Larry took over.

    My hope has been that Larry stays on as president until Simon is ready to sell the team and then Larry puts an ownership group together to buy it from Simon. I would like to see that type of stability in place especially since this team is so close to contender status.

    Maybe I have this all wrong and this will work out. My initial reaction to this is I don't like it one bit.

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    Confused by the speculation that this is a "bad move".

    Did you all feel that way when Pritchard was brought on board as a member of the management team? Walsh is clearly being brought in, in the same capacity.

    More good experience and knowledge behind Bird = a positive thing, no matter how you slice it.

    Additionally, there's been literally *zero* evidence that the team won't sign Hibbert. Not sure why people would take the way this article is written to suggest otherwise. Hibbert is about as close to a sure thing as one could imagine short of him signing the extension this season.
    I agree every bit, just as long as DW doesn't negotiate the FA contracts, and is just there to wine and dine/ BS players; as well as be an extra brain to pick.
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    Wake me up when we get the real, complete story.

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    Default Re: NY Daily News: Walsh is officially back with the Pacers...

    this article says nothing of what title or actual position that he will hold in the front office. If anything, this tells us nothing new that we didn't know already.
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    Also... Where is Mike Wells? Isn't he supposed to be the team beat reporter? He breaks the least amount of news for a beat reporter...
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    Default Re: NY Daily News: Walsh is officially back with the Pacers...

    We'll see how awesome it is if/when we pay Hill close to 9 or 10 million a year...

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    I agree every bit, just as long as DW doesn't negotiate the FA contracts, and is just there to wine and dine/ BS players; as well as be an extra brain to pick.
    I agree.

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    We'll see how awesome it is if/when we pay Hill close to 9 or 10 million a year...
    you kidding? id be getting my pitchforks ready if we pay hill that much

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    Default Re: NY Daily News: Walsh is officially back with the Pacers...

    Wells actually was the first person to write about Walsh's return. He just didn't go so far as to say he was officially back and that his first job was to bring Hill back (which still strikes me as an odd thing to put on his plate).

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    DW has been at the pre-draft workouts... maybe all this Draymond Green talk is a classic DW smoke screen???

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    More and more I am starting to believe that this franchise is disfunctional and has an ownership problem. They cry poverty to the city yet they can't operate without 3 top level management guys? The same team that has told us they cant afford big time FAs? Reuniting the management team that nearly destroyed the franchise? The stupid restriction on bidding on other teams RFAs. It's starting to sound an awful lot like the Indiana Clippers. Hey, at least when everything blows up Bird can keep his nose clean again - it will all be DWs fault. And if it works - Larry's a genius!

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    More and more I am starting to believe that this franchise is disfunctional and has an ownership problem. They cry poverty to the city yet they can't operate without 3 top level management guys? The same team that has told us they cant afford big time FAs. Reuniting the management team that nearly destroyed the franchise? The stupid restriction on bidding on other teams RFAs? It's starting to sound an awful lot like the Indiana Clippers. Hey, at least when everything blows up Bird can keep his nose clean again - it will all be DWs fault. And if it works - Larry's a genius!
    Huh, have you watched the team in the past couple of years? Is the final product not improving enough for you?

    Am I in some kind of bizzaro world here?

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    Welcome back, Donnie!

    And... good grief.... just got a great manager back in the fold, and y'all are complaining.
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    More and more I am starting to believe that this franchise is disfunctional and has an ownership problem. They cry poverty to the city yet they can't operate without 3 top level management guys? The same team that has told us they cant afford big time FAs? Reuniting the management team that nearly destroyed the franchise? The stupid restriction on bidding on other teams RFAs. It's starting to sound an awful lot like the Indiana Clippers. Hey, at least when everything blows up Bird can keep his nose clean again - it will all be DWs fault. And if it works - Larry's a genius!

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    We should be worried about what a NY writer is reporting about us?

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    It's starting to sound an awful lot like the Indiana Clippers.
    Holy Over-reaction, Batman!

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