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Walsh, Dolan & D'Antoni show united front

Knicks president Donnie Walsh.

Knicks president Donnie Walsh. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr., 2008

LOS ANGELES - In the wake of reports that their pursuit of Carmelo Anthony has created a divide within the organization and has involved former team president Isiah Thomas, the Knicks promoted a united front Sunday.

The team issued a joint statement from Garden executive chairman James Dolan, team president Donnie Walsh and coach Mike D'Antoni that said, "We want to make it abundantly clear that we have been in constant communication throughout this process and the three of us are in complete agreement with everything that we are currently working on. Together, we will do what is best for the long-term success of the franchise."

Reports surfaced from multiple outlets over the weekend that said Thomas, not Walsh, was at the forefront of the negotiations with the Denver Nuggets for Anthony. The statement indirectly addressed Thomas' reported involvement by saying, "We want to make it clear that no one from outside our organization has been involved in this process in any way."

Walsh was not in Los Angeles for All-Star Weekend and was not present for Thursday's meeting between the Knicks and Anthony and his representatives. But he has been very much involved "on the basketball side" of the decision-making, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

Walsh, who turns 70 on March 1, has one year left on his current contract with the franchise as long as a team option is picked up by April 30.

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