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This may be the offseason that Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw finally gets the opportunity to be a head coach. But he may have to wait until the Pacers are out of the playoffs before he interviews for a job. Pacers President Donnie Walsh said he prefers for his assistant coaches to wait until after the playoffs to interview for openings. “I’m not saying I won’t change my mind, but that’s what I would like,” Walsh said. Walsh said he hasn’t been contacted by any teams asking for permission. Indianapolis Star

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Walsh, 72, said yesterday he isn’t sure he will be back next season. He said he only stepped in because Larry Bird needed a break. “I took this job because Larry wanted a year off,” Walsh said. “If Larry wants to come back, I’m out.’’ I’m leaving. If he doesn’t I don’t know what I’ll do.” Kevin Pritchard is Pacers GM. New York Post

April 13, 2013 Updates

A lot of eyebrows were raised with former All-Star Tracy McGrady sat courtside at Bankers Life Fieldhouse during Tuesday’s game against the Cavaliers. The Pacers front office is always looking, but President Donnie Walsh said they don’t plan to add an extra body to the roster before the playoffs. The Pacers have the maximum of 15 players on the roster, but Danny Granger (knee) is out for the rest of the season. The team would have to release a player if it changed its mind and added a player. Indianapolis Star

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What kept Jackson, who was atop the list until D’Antoni emerged, from the job was an immediate Knicks’ future that appeared downright bleak. “Mark was definitely in the running. No doubt about it. Mike didn’t come in the picture until late,” Walsh recalled. “When I met with Mark, he was really high on my list and I’m thinking, ‘I would have no problem bringing this guy except it’s going to be difficult for him because we’re not going to have the talent until the third year.’ ” New York Post

February 6, 2013 Updates

Moe was a genius with numbers and it helped him as a coach. He could be given two lines of five digits each verbally and multiply the two lines in his head. When he got his break to coach the Nuggets, it came at the expense of Walsh. The ties weren't set aside easily. "Donnie was a friend of mine," Moe said. "We had talked about the possibility of something happening so it wasn't a shock. It was hard." Denver Post

November 20, 2012 Updates

Walsh knows the Pacers can't replace Granger's points without a significant trade, and they're not in the position to make a move like that. "The guys people are talking about at the level of a Danny Granger, that's a major trade," Walsh said. "How are you going to get those players?" Indianapolis Star

Walsh is frustrated at how the Pacers have lost some of their games this season, but he's remaining patient. The Pacers have lost four games in the final 30 seconds of regulation this season. "You never like that, but what we have to do is focus," Walsh said. "It's very early in the season. I knew we were going to be playing a lot of games on the road early and then we had the Danny situation, too. "We're developing a playing style we can win at. If we lose that game, I'm going to feel good about it, still, because we're going in the right direction." Indianapolis Star

Asked whether Hibbert is pressing to live up to his new $58-million contract, Walsh said, "I never approached it from that standpoint. We made the decision to keep him. . . . I think that he's struggling. I don't think it has anything do with the contract. "I do think this new style (on offense) will help, because when you walk the ball up the court and keep the ball on that same side of the court, it makes it easy to guard him. I feel like we're collectively getting better." Indianapolis Star

November 19, 2012 Updates

Walsh, now the president of basketball operations for Indiana, sat courtside Sunday as the Pacers played the Knicks at Madison Square Garden and witnessed the Knicks’ current roster up close. Even if he does not want, or even expect, credit for the Knicks’ recent success, Walsh knows that the decisions he made during his three years with the team have helped the Knicks improve. “I did what I said I would do and I was happy to be here,” Walsh said before the Knicks’ 88-76 victory over the Pacers. “I enjoyed it and I’m happy for the people of the city because I really felt the desire for New York fans to have a team like theirs now. I’m glad it’s come. I knew I wasn’t going to be here for the payoff.” New York Times

November 18, 2012 Updates

“I’ve said they’re a contending team. But to go any further, you’ve got to do it. You can’t talk about it, you’ve gotta do it. And that’s kind of where all the teams are,” Walsh said. “They have the whole gamut of guys. I think around the league, they’ve got as good (depth) as anybody. “I think Glen has done a wonderful job, got exactly the right guys to add to what was here before. And I’m really happy for the fans. Because during the years when we were breaking the team up, the two years they knew we were going to lose…I’m glad to see they can come here now and say ‘Wow, this is a team that can be really good.’ And I think that they will be. “I’m happy that what I started here is coming to fruition here.” New York Daily News

Donnie Walsh insists he has no regrets about not being able to reap the rewards of the groundwork he laid for the Knicks’ present turnaround. The former team president returned to the Garden with the Pacers on Sunday, and praised the improved Knicks as contenders in the Eastern Conference. “I’ve said before, I think they’re a contending team,” Walsh said. “There’s not that many contending teams…You see the roster, but now they’re playing up to the roster and they’re only going to get better.” New York Daily News

Asked if he regretted his departure from the Knicks, Walsh added: “No, because I knew when I came here that I wouldn’t be here. I did. I knew by the length of my contract…I came here and I wanted to have the challenge of seeing what I could do. When I left, it wasn’t a matter of being satisfied, but I think I did what I said I would do. I had a chance to come back and reconnect with the city I was born in. For me, it was all good, and that’s the way I look at it.” New York Daily News

October 21, 2012 Updates

“All I can say is that Jim Dolan treated me very well, paid me well, and I have no ax to grind,” he said. “With Jim, I think people only get part of the story, and that’s because he doesn’t want to put his being on display. When you’re the owner of a team, and the team hasn’t done well and people are judging you by what you do there, it’s usually not good. I mean, George Steinbrenner — who loved him when the Yankees weren’t any good?” Walsh added: “Jim let me do some things he wouldn’t let other people do, and I think in the end, I did what I said I would do when I got there. I put them in a position so the next guy didn’t have to do the things that Isiah and Scott Layden had to do: try to keep their job by trading sideways, taking the worst contracts.” New York Times

Assisted by the Pacers’ new general manager, Kevin Pritchard, Walsh filled out the bench over the summer but called himself “kind of a caretaker.” Bird’s departure from a promising young team has been attributed to back and shoulder problems or organizational friction, depending on the source. Walsh, 71, said he did not know if Bird was merely on leave or gone for good, but added, “At my age, I’m no long-term solution.” He is, however, walking steadily, requiring only the occasional use of a cane, recovered from all that occurred after his three-year liaison that transported him from the suburbs of the city they call Naptown to a 2,700-square-foot apartment on the Upper West Side and to the Garden’s bright lights, where he was often struck by the thought, “Oh, man, this is the top of the food chain.” New York Times

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