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Allan Houston Receives Promotion

December 7, 2010

One of my favorite shooters from the post-Jordan era, Allan Houston is really cementing himself as a power figure for his old ball club. Plus, its always great to see a black man in the front office. Keep it up Allan!

From Newsday:

Allan Houston was upgraded to assistant general manager after recently signing a two-year contract to remain in the Knicks’ front office. Houston previously worked under the title of special assistant to the president after being appointed by Donnie Walsh on Nov. 7, 2008.

“It goes back to what I said when I first gave him the job; I think he’s a great candidate to become a GM someday,” Walsh told Newsday in a phone interview before last night’s game against the Timberwolves.

The speculation is that Houston, 39, one day will be GM of this franchise. Walsh, who currently holds that title along with team president, has one year left on his contract, plus a team option for 2011-12 that must be picked up in April.

Houston had the option to sign for three years but decided to take two years to mirror Walsh’s deal. If Walsh retires at the end of his contract, Houston undoubtedly will be a candidate to run the team, but others likely also will be considered.

Houston was involved in many of Walsh’s moves during the offseason, including the recruiting of LeBron James and the signing of Amar’e Stoudemire. “He’s been here two years now and I think he’s made a great jump from being an ex-player to being a guy who is working in the front office,” Walsh said, “and now I think it’ll be easy for him to develop the skill set to be a great GM someday.”

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