Donnie Walsh during a press conference to announce he was...

Donnie Walsh during a press conference to announce he was hired as president of the New York Knicks. (Apr. 3, 2008) Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

DENVER - Donnie Walsh had successful surgery Tuesday morning in Manhattan to repair his ailing right hip and a team spokesman said he is expected to spend "a few days" at the hospital before he is released. He will spend the first phase of his recovery at his Manhattan apartment.

Walsh, 69, will continue his duties as team president from home for the time being. Walsh said last week that the surgery would not impede his ability to run the team. Mid-to-late December is usually a very active time for trade talks.

Oakley lashes back

Walsh and Charles Oakley got into a war of words on WFAN's Boomer & Carton Show, starting with Walsh's appearance Friday when he chastised the former Knick power forward for his critical comments in a published report about not getting an opportunity to work for the Knicks. "I thought he was the kind of guy if he was going to make statements would come and talk to me personally," Walsh said, "not get in the paper and say this stuff."

Oakley Tuesday took exception to Walshs statement and said on the show, "I don't have to apologize. I think he owes me an apology."

Oakley also said, "I like Donnie, we talk and I like what he's done for the past [players]. . . but I don't know why he would go on the air and say that about me. If you're going to say something about me you better stand on it, because I'm coming back at you."

Knicks fix

The Nov. 2 game between the Magic and Knicks that was postponed because of an asbestos concern at the Garden has been rescheduled for March 28 . . . Ronny Turiaf, who missed the previous four games with a sprained knee, was back in the lineup for last night's game against the Nuggets.

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