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Knicks Insist Warkentien's Hire Is Not About Interest In Carmelo Anthony
Published February 7, 2011
WHO'S CALLING THE SHOTS? In N.Y., Marc Berman reported MSG Sports President Scott O'Neil, not Walsh, was the "one to push" Dolan into hiring Warkentien. O'Neil is "not part of basketball operations and is supposed to run the marketing end of the franchise." But a source indicated that O'Neil "pushed for Warkentien's hire because he feels it is important for the Knicks to do business with CAA, the agency that represents" Anthony and Hornets G Chris Paul, another potential free agent this offseason. Warkentien has "told confidants he considers Walsh his mentor and it is a dream to work for him." But the league source said that O'Neil's "influence on the Warkentien hire suggests the Garden power structure is cockeyed, since O'Neil is not supposed to influence basketball operations" (N.Y. POST, 2/5).