Rumors Swirling Inside Knicks Organization

| by Dwight Jaynes

There were rumors coming out of New York last week that Donnie Walsh would be resigning soon as the president of the Knicks and that Kevin Pritchard was seen as a possible successor.

Funny, though. Walsh is denying he’s retiring and also denying he’s even spoken to Pritchard, or his agent, Warren LeGarie, about Pritchard. The Knicks coach, Mike D’Antoni, is also represented by LeGarie.

There is now even a buzz within the league that LeGarie was trying to organize some sort of coup to get Pritchard into that job, in order to protect D’Antoni’s status as the team’s head coach.

It’s similar, of course, to that other rumor a few months ago out of New Jersey, that LeGarie tried to orchestrate a scenario that would slide Del Harris into the coaching job of the Nets and Kiki Vandeweghe off the bench and back into his general manager chair with the Nets.

Here’s a great little look at how LeGarie conducts his business in the NBA:

Naturally, those who have dealt with the awfully fluent, commendably cunning LeGarie know better. He believes unconditionally that you have got to have at least two conflicts of interest to be successful. His cup runneth over in that regard.

Many of his coaching (Mike D’Antoni, the Thunder’s Scott Brooks, Kurt Rambis of the Timberwolves) and decision-making (Vandeweghe, Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo, Sixers GM Ed Stefanski) customers are strewn throughout the NBA.

Some clients (Chris Wallace) hire other clients (Lionel Hollins) after another client (Marc Iavaroni) was paid to leave the Grizzlies.

Some clients (Kim Hughes and Neil Olshey) replace another client (Mike Dunleavy) in Clippers management, one job at a time, at least temporarily, as LeGarie queues other clients to succeed them, just in case.

“You’re right,” yet another client concurs. “Warren will campaign for Kim and Neil . . . unless he can get another client in there.”

That can be rewarding if you’re the client-of-the-day that LeGarie is selling. Or it can be detrimental to your career if he recklessly pushes his luck and bullies the wrong billionaire purely to show how slick he is and/or to test his juice quotient.

Hmmm. “recklessly pushes his luck and bullies the wrong billionaire…”??? Are we seeing a pattern emerge here?

Now, are you still having problems believing that LeGarie possibly tried to orchestrate a coup with the Trail Blazers that would have pushed Tom Penn into the president’s chair and Larry Miller out the door?

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