Knicks president Donnie Walsh: From Plan A to Plan Z

By Chris Sheridan

Yes, he really said he has a Plan Z.

And the president of the New York Knicks said a bunch of other stuff in a radio interview on ESPN 1050 Radio in New York that you can listen to by clicking over to the Knicks blog on the ESPNNewYork site, where I have both linked to it and picked out some of the better nuggets for your reading pleasure.

Among the items the Knicks president discussed was what he had seen and heard at the NBA's pre-draft camp in Chicago last week as he and coach Mike D'Antoni scouted prospects in anticipation of selecting 38th and 39th in the June 24 draft. (FYI: The 38th pick, since 2003, has produced Steve Blake, Royal Ivey, Travis Diener, Kosta Perovic, Kyrylo Fesenko, Kyle Weaver, and Jon Brockman. The 39th picks in those same years were a bit more of a motley crew: Slavko Vranes, Chris Duhon, Von Wafer, David Noel, Stanko Barac, Sonny Weems and Jonas Jerebko.)

"I'm optimistic we can be helped," Walsh said, noting that he drafted Antonio Davis and Kenny Williams with back-to-back picks at No. 45 and 46 back in 1990. "In regard to this draft, I think what I'm hearing out there, and it's probably true, is that between 20 and 40 there are 40 players that everyone likes," Walsh said. "Between 20 and 40 you can't really tell who's going where, but there are 40 players. So we've got to keep working it to see who's going when to see who's going to be available to us."