Walsh Admitting Error In McGrady Trade?

“I need to go out and see if I can get one. I don’t know how to do that. You always want to keep first-round picks.”– Donnie Walsh

When Walsh traded away Jordan Hill (the 2009 lottery pick) and the Knicks 2012, it was clear that he had surrendered a bit too much to the Houston Rockets Daryl Morey.  Despite strong support for the move in some circles, Walsh, who finds himself in a weak position in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, now admits that he should not have traded that 2012 pick so readily.

“I didn’t like doing it. The night before, I felt I don’t like doing this, but we’re going to do it. I’ll second-guess myself.”

Apparently, the public second guessing is the result of the Nuggets desire to trade Anthony prior to camp but to a team which can offer a first round pick.  The Knicks are now actively shopping for a first round pick to include in a trade for Anthony.

Still, the Knicks remain largely focused on an exciting new beginning with eight new players to start this season. D’Antoni told the press yesterday that even the coaching staff is excited by the team’s athleticism in pre-training camp workouts.

“They’re [the coaches] going: ‘Did you see that? Did you see that?’ There’s going to be some athletic plays seen in the Garden that we haven’t seen for a while. Now, whether that means we’re good or not, then we’ll have to see. But at least it should be exciting.”

As the New York Times points out, the focus on the present team over OTPs is refreshing and helps build hope for a team many believe capable of fighting for a playoff spot.