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David Stern is trying to make sure Knicks keep Donnie Walsh


Three years ago, it was NBA Commissioner David Stern who helped guide Donnie Walsh to the New York Knicks. The franchise needed a stable… no, it needed a sane hand at the helm.

Walsh hasn’t been perfect, but he has changed the direction of the franchise. He got the payroll under control, started building with youth and got Amar’e Stoudemire to commit to come (after missing out on some other guy). Is he the guy that can take the Knicks to the next level? Who knows. But he pulled them out of the seemingly bottomless pit of bad decisions — on and off the court — they were in. I say that earns you a chance to finish the job.

But I don’t make the decision, Knicks owner James Dolan does. And he has yet to exercise the fourth year option on Walsh’s contract (he has until April 30).

So Stern is stepping in again, according to the New York Post. The commissioner is urging Dolan to stay the course.

Dolan is also getting advice from Isiah Thomas, who Dolan is still tight with. Personally, if a guy cost me $11.6 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit, it would put a serious strain on our friendship. But as I said, I’m not James Dolan.

And even David Stern may not be able to change his mind.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.