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Friday / May 24.
  • Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni remains in limbo.

    With team president Donnie Walsh leaving his post June 30, uncertainty hangs over the future of D’Antoni, who came in with Walsh in 2008 to turn the organization around.

    “I think that will be determined by the job you do,” D’Antoni told The New York Times Sunday. “I’m very indebted to Donnie, but at the same time, I got to go forward and get the team to win. That’s my job.”

    D’Antoni has one year left on the four-year, $24 million deal he signed in 2008, and he could be faced with coaching next season without an extension in place.

    There’s only one thing better than spending a sunny day playing Ultimate with your 40-something friends and not getting hurt.

    And that’s spending a sunny day playing Ultimate with your 40-something friends, not getting hurt and qualifying for Nationals.

    That’s how I spent my Saturday, as our New York Ultimate team qualified in Boston for Grand Masters Nationals in Cincinnati July 9-10. (That’s me in the Gonzaga ‘Zags’ jersey.)

    Yeah, we’re old. But we’re still out there having fun.


    Here’s some sound of Kansas freshman Josh Selby talking after his Knicks workout Friday.

    Both Selby and Dix Hills, N.Y., small forward Tobias Harris worked out for New York, which owns the 17th pick in the June 23 NBA Draft.

    Selby, who is projected by DraftExpress.com to go No. 27 to the Nets, averaged 7.9 points during a sub-par season in which he was injured and suspended for receiving “improper benefits” from Robert “Bay” Frazier, Carmelo Anthony’s business manager.

    Fred Hill has landed on his feet.

    The former Rutgers coach will join the Northwestern staff as an assistant under head coach Bill Carmody, two sources with direct knowledge told SNY.tv.

    Hill accepted a buyout last year after a cursing incident at a Scarlet Knights baseball game and subsequent insubordination vis-a-vis Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti.

    Hill, 52, went 47-77 at Rutgers, but will be most remembered for what he did at a Big East baseball game last year. From the stands, Hill, whose father, Fred Sr., is the longtime baseball coach for the Scarlet Knights, got into a shouting match with Pitt’s baseball coaching staff.

    By ALEX KLINE

    When Davontay Grace was a seventh-grader, he was one of the top members in the class of 2010, according to the Hoop Scoop.

    Grace later reclassified to 2011 and attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn. During his junior season he committed to St. John’s and later witnessed the firing of his future head coach, Norm Roberts. This led to Grace re-opening his recruitment and eventually finding the right fit at Manhattan under Barry Rohrssen. Rohrssen and his staff were later fired after the season, leaving Grace vulnerable yet again.

    Donnie Walsh is out as the Knicks President, prompting the immediate question of whether Isiah Thomas will return to succeed him at Madison Square Garden.

    Knicks owner Jim Dolan had until June 30 to pick up Walsh’s option for next year but the two sides did not agree on terms.

    “He wanted total control and I don’t think that was forthcoming,” a source close to Walsh said by phone.

    Head coach Mike D’Antoni has one year remaining on his contract, but his status is now in limbo as the team seeks a new President.

    A conference call with Walsh is set for 1:30 p.m.

    Dolan issued the following statement.

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