In an attempt to take pressure off Mike D'Antoni, Donnie Walsh said New York's inconsistent start since the Carmelo Anthony trade are his fault because he broke up a team in midseason and the dividends may not pay off right away.

"I take more responsibility than the players or the coaches because I made a monumental trade in the middle of the season, and it appears to me they're having a hard time getting together, which is understandable," Walsh said.

"In the long run, this trade will make us a better franchise."

Walsh's remarks last night echoed Anthony's comments Sunday that the club may not get on the same page until next season.