Monday, Mar 31, 2008 7:27 am EDT
West shocked Dolan never called about Knicks job
News of Donnie Walsh's handshake deal with Garden chairman James Dolan to become New York Knicks president came as a shock to Jerry West. West relayed to members of his inner circle that he thought he should have at least received a call from Dolan to discuss the post. As much as it's believed that West would not have come to Gotham to run the Knicks, he still had his friends sending out word after Walsh's agreement that he was game.
"Even though he worked in Memphis, Jerry is a big-market guy," said one long-time Western Conference executive with close ties to West. "He likes working where there's a lot of money, where he can spend what he wants, and who cares about the salary cap and luxury tax."