The City Game (The Hustle never Stops)

By Eric G. Satterwhite, BASN Contributor
Updated: March 7, 2010

“New York New York, big city of dreams And everything in New York ain’t always what it seems You might get fooled if you come from out of town But I’m down by law and I know my way around.”

— Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “New York New York” 1983.

NEW YORK (BASN) — Donnie Walsh, the Chief Executive of professional basketball enterprises for Madison Square Garden (MSG)/Cablevision Inc. has projected two years of lamentable lacking management movements to Knickerbockers zealots on the promissory note that all sins will be healed the summer of 2010 — during the anticipated NBA free agency bonanza.

“Hoss” Walsh is kindred to the oft maddening Bernie Madoff by being collusively careful has foreclosed/forecasted future fortunes to NYK fans is coming to the NOW forefront.

Wise-guy Donnie’s waste management front by salary dumping Dolan’s dough boys off Bread-way to clear cap space to lockdown basketball love roller coaster/Ohio Player LeBron James– is running the risk of being inspected for asbestos.

Not since trendy trader tricksters Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken bamboozled lower Manhattan Island’s financial district has such NYC speculative NBA insider training been allocated in the City that never sleeps.

Walsh’s watch two-year evaluation pass is past due and unlike Grandmaster Flash, his on-the-floor squad is less than a furious five and incapable of making change (New Jack City’s Nino Brown heartily agrees).

Walsh is still bartering for infinity while he has bartered the Knicks direction of the Subway’s third rail. A fresh Walsh divulged the New York Daily News the ensuing, “I didn’t say in one summer we’re going to turn around and build a championship team,” Walsh said.

“And I’m not asking for time. I won’t have that much time. But I know one thing: Now at least we have a flexible position, and whether it’s next summer or the summer after, we’re going to start adding players to this team that can lead you in that direction.”

In other words, Walsh’s words are tantamount to the following lyrics from a song performed by Terry Jacks named Seasons in the Suns:

“We had joy, we had fun, and we had seasons in the sun.

But the hills that we climbed were just seasons out of time.”

“We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.

But the wine and the song, like the seasons, all have gone.”

“We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.

But the stars we could reach were just starfish on the beach.”

The nixed Knicks imbibe systematically snickers/sneers bickers/jeers while knocking the knowledgeable Knickerbockers nation with on floor castigation of Walsh’s hoop machinations perceived abominations.

Walsh upon empowerment was ministered by many media multitudes a basketball sage and the prodigal son doubling back to emancipate the Knicks from the biblically named Isiah. “Gordon Gekko” stylized Walsh the proclaimed biblical basketball Solomon has blundered the Big Apple Metropolitan.

Walsh just a while ago imparted the New York Daily News the resulting ,” “I didn’t see how you could improve this franchise by making trades or building through the draft over a long period of time.”

“So I looked and said, ‘We could get under the cap.’ So I tried to do that. And if that doesn’t work right away, I would continue to try to do it. And if I’m not the guy, I’ll leave.

Walsh s strikes one as to tout Gekko’s mantra in the movie “Wall Street” howbeit originates to controlling a substantial yield profit NBA executive position “Greed is Good!”

Collegiate coaching icon John Wooden once enunciated, ” Don’t mistake movement for progress“. Walsh has spawned torrents of ploys to hex the Knicks fans in a groove that would befuddle 1970’s Madison Square Garden’s one-man dance Knicks team– identified as Dancing Harry.

Nevertheless, Dancing Harry who busted moves while modeling colorful applejack hats (Harry was definitely under the cap) quested to stupefy the antagonist not the hometown ticket purchaser.

Read on with me inter-planetary.

Donnie’s Decisions:


Walsh was hired April 2, 2008. Let’s take a look at high percentage of Walsh’s imperial impressions from his initial start date to the present day.

4/10/08 fired Coach Isiah Thomas

5/13/08 hired Mike D’Antoni as Head Coach

7/8/08 signed first round lottery pick forward Danilo Gallinari.

7/10/08 signed guard Chris Duhon.

7/24/08 signed guard Anthony Roberson.

7/28/08 trades forward Renaldo Balkman

8/29/08 acquired Patrick Ewing Jr. from the Houston Rockets for the draft rights of center Fredric Weis.

10/23/08 exercised the third year contract option on forward Wilson Chandler and the fourth year contract option on guard Mardy Collins.

10/29/08 waived forward Patrick Ewing Jr.


11/21/09 trades guard Jamal Crawford to Golden State for forward Al Harrington.

11/23/09 trades forward Zach Randolph to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Cuttino Mobley and forward Tim Thomas.

11/28/08 suspends guard Stephon Marbury for one game.

2/19/09 trades forward Malik Rose, forward Tim Thomas, and guard Anthony Roberson for Chicago for guard Larry Hughes.

2/19/09 acquires forward Chris Wilcox from Oklahoma City.

2/24/09 waives guard Stephon Marbury.

3/3/09 signs forward Cheikh Samb to a 10-day contract.

3/8/09 signs forward Demetris Nichols to a second 10-day contract.

6/25/09 trades forward Quentin Richardson to Memphis for forward/center Darko Milicic.

6/25/09 trades 2011 second round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers.

6/25/09 acquires rights to guard Toney Douglas from the Los Angeles Lakers.

6/29/09 Al Harrington exercises player options for 2009-10.

7/11/09 signs first round lottery pick forward Jordan Hill.

9/24/09 signs guard Nate Robinson and forward David Lee.

9/26/09 signs forward Marcus Landry.

10/23/09 exercises team options on forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari.

12/13/09 signs forward Jonathan Bender. Bender last season in the NBA was 2006.


2/17/10 trades forward/center Darko Milicic to Minnesota for forward Brian Cardinal.

2/18/10 trades guard Larry Hughes to the Sacramento.

2/18/10 acquires guard Tracy McGrady from Houston.

2/18/10 acquires guard Sergio Rodriguez from Sacramento.

2/18/10 Draft considerations for 2011 and 2012 traded to Houston.

2/18/10 trades guard Nate Robinson to Boston.

2/18/10 acquires guard Eddie House from Boston.

2/18/10 trades forward Jared Jeffries to Houston.

2/18/10 trades forward Jordan Hill to Houston.

2/18/10 acquires forward Bill Walker from Boston.

2/18/10 trades forward Marcus Landry to Boston.

2/18/10 acquires guard J.R. Giddens from Boston.

2/19/10 waives the “Custodian” Brian Cardinal.

Courting the King

True: LeBron loves the 5 boroughs aforesaid as the “Boogie Down BRONX, Kings from QUEENS, good lookin’ BROOKLYN, Money-makin’ MANHATTAN, and no static STATEN ISLAND. Yet unless Walsh can import the entire Cleveland franchise to 34th Street and 7th avenue the new Number 6 train will run express in O-Hi-O!

LeBron does not duty Donnie’s/Dolan’s dinero insomuch as his current cash flow when bundled/stacked can crack the back of a T-Rex and shipwreck any Lady Liberty tourist vessel cruising the Hudson River bum-rushing a new New York King James treasure shakedown.

Walsh’s 2-year strategy is on the verge of tragedy/catastrophe in his camouflaged bid for the Cavalier’s majesty.