The arena is revamped and unfamiliar, much like the roster. Donnie Walsh walked into the Garden on Sunday morning, got lost somewhere in the twists and turns of a reconstructed corridor and then watched his Pacers fall miserably short to the renovated Knicks, 88-76.
He watched Carmelo Anthony work hard on defense.
He watched the Knicks take care of the ball. The president of basketball operations in Indiana watched them do a lot of things they never did for him in New York.
There’s a lot to like about the Knicks at the moment, a lot of defense, a lot of taking care of the ball. There’s much credit to share for once, and Walsh wants his portion. He isn’t screaming about it, but this was his baby not so long ago and he still thinks of himself as the biological father. He dumped the contracts, created the cap space, dealt with the craziness, took a lot of losing on the chin.