Herbert Simon

Knicks hire Walsh

Donnie Walsh was hired yesterday as president of the New York Knicks, and said he would wait a few days before deciding on Isiah Thomas' future with the organization.

The Knicks hired the longtime Indiana Pacers executive and gave him complete power to oversee basketball operations of a team finishing its seventh straight losing season.

"His mandate is clear -- do whatever is necessary to turn this team around," Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan said.

New York hasn't won a playoff game under Thomas, its president since December 2003. He became coach in June 2006.

Walsh said he believes Thomas can still help the Knicks. Walsh said he won't make...