Donnie Walsh considered the fact that Dick McGuire, who passed away today at age 84, was the man who scouted and pushed Eddie Donovan to draft him in 1967.
"That's a pretty good one right there," Walsh said. "That can keep your job forever."
Actually, it did. McGuire was a Knick lifer, with an astonishing 53 seasons with the franchise as a player, coach and scout.
"He's an NBA guy that very few attain that stature where everyone in the league loved him," Walsh said. "And he was identified with the New York Knicks for all this time."
The Knicks tonight will have a moment of silence before the game and pay tribute to one of its greatest players. A spotlight will shine on his No. 15 jersey, which was retired in 1992.
The team is in the process of having a patch made, bearing the No. 15, for the team's uniform to wear for the rest of the season. There was not enough time to get it done for tonight's game, but the team is expected to have it for Friday's game against the Bucks.
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* - Al Harrington returns to the lineup tonight after he missed two games with a bruised knee. Mike D'Antoni said Harrington tested the knee out earlier in the day and while it's still sore, Big Al can go. The Knicks missed his scoring off the bench in Minnesota on Sunday, when they were outscored 51-8 by the Timberwolves bench.
* - The Wizards will be without Caron Butler, who has a left knee injury, according to the Washington Post.