In an hour long interview with Chris Sheridan of ESPN , Donnie Walsh advised that he has plenty of alternative plans in his head in case the cream of the top free agents don't accept the Knicks' money and offer to turn the franchise around. "I'm not telling any plans. I'm not doing that. But look, there's going to be Plan A, B, C, D, E, F and so on. It's going to be like that. I'm not going to write 'em out, no, but they're written out in my head," Walsh told ESPN.
So it's going to be like that, huh?
While Walsh has no idea what the Knicks are building, he has been very clear about creating cap space as a means of opening options for the next one to five years. Walsh has been very adept at sidestepping discussion of management's major failures and the risks inherent in the "cap space at all costs" decisions he's made. He has been consistently good at pushing back fan expectations for positive on-the-court results. Two years ago, he promised a competitive team immediately under this strategy; now he informs us that the results may not be apparent until five years from yesterday.
"I think that one thing I've been able to do is explain exactly what I'm doing. And it isn't for one player or a specific group of players or anything; it is because the one thing that has affected the Knicks' ability to improve their team from year to year has been being so far over the cap, they're in an inflexible position. And I wanted to get us in a more flexible position. So it isn't just for this summer, it could be for the next five years," stated Walsh.