After a near-decade of awful decisions, the hiring of Donnie Walsh was the best thing to happen to the New York Knicks in years.
Walsh became president of basketball operations in 2008 after encouragement from David Stern and began the rebuilding process that has led to the team we see today.
With so many bad contracts on the roster, Walsh's job wasn't easy, but he managed to get rid of Jamal Crawford, Zach Randolph, Renaldo Balkman, Stephon Marbury and Jared Jeffries to open up cap space in the summer of 2010.
The team wasn't greatly competitive around that time, but at the very least there were some fan favorites to watch in Danilo Gallinari, Al Harrington and Nate Robinson.
When the time came, and the Knicks finally had cap space, Walsh brought in Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton to lead the team, with support from the likes of rookie Landry Fields and Ronny Turiaf on cheap contracts.
Things were looking up for the Knicks with their first playoff berth since 2004, but James Dolan appeared to be the one person that couldn't appreciate Walsh's work.
Months after the Carmelo Anthony trade—which many believe was lopsided due to Dolan's impatience—Walsh resigned from his post, with Dolan reluctant to reward him with a long-term deal.
Ironically, Walsh stayed on as a consultant for the 2011 draft, overseeing the pick of Iman Shumpert, who has already developed into one of the team's most important players. It was a great send-off for Walsh, and a reminder of just how wrong Dolan was to let him go.