It's crazy that I just realized how many "almost Knicks" there are in The Nets organization.
The year was 2008, Isiah Thomas was just replaced as President of Basketball Operations and we all knew it was just a matter of time before the team replaced him as coach. For the first time in years we actually owned our lottery pick. So the three things on Donnie's plate immediatley was 1.Hire a GM 2.Hire a coach 3.Make a splash in the Draft
But before that even Rusian Billionare Mikail Prokhorov made an unsuccessful attempt to buy our franchise from James Dolan. Dolan doesnt sell and then Mikail then turns his attention to The Nets who had just announced that fateful year that they were officially moving to Brooklyn.
Could be owner
Then lets look at their GM Billy King, he too back in 2008 was rumored to be our next GM when Donnie was hired, in fact it almost seemed a given! It never materailized and Billy is now with you know who
if you believe the rumors Donnie wanted him and Dolan
would not sign off on it.
Which brings us to our coach. In the search for a coach when Donnie took over the two instant front runners were Mark Jackson and Tom Tibedou.....but the week leading up to Donnie making a descion it came down to two coaches, Mike Dantoni and current Nets coach Avery Johnson...and the year again was 2008 and as we all know Mike D was chosen but not without heavy consideration of Avery Johnson from Donnie Walsh
Lastly let's look our 2008 draft pick Danilo Gallanari. Walsh's first ever draft pick for The Knicks, probably goes in a different direction if he hires Avery Johnson as coach and that player wouldve likely been Brook Lopez!
Notice Lopez and Gallo side by side kinda, eerie when you think of it knowing all the other Knick/Nets 2008 correalations.
This really explains the bitter feelings towards us! The billboard this summer, them down playing us getting Amare by saying he is "all dinged up", lets be real here, they want Melo to be the face of their franchise, but don't think for a second Billy King is not thinking about how good it would feel to get it done right across the river from the team that didnt hire him and don't think Avery is not driven to do well to show us who we "shouldve hired" in his opinion....and certainley dont think Ivan Drago is not thinking about showing up James Dolan and showing Knick fans what he thinks he couldve made the Knicks into if he was allowed to purchase the team! And Brook Lopez probably doesnt give it much thought but I imagine he gets up just a little bit more for all the teams that passed on him in the draft.....especially the one he plays 4 times a year!
This makes things pretty interesting in our rivalry!