The Knicks start their offseason Monday with only four people who are locks to r

The Knicks start their offseason Monday with only four people who are locks to return next season:

Jim Dolan, the silent owner and resident contrarian of the Garden.

Isiah Thomas, Dolan’s consigliere living in exile in Miami.

Carmelo Anthony, the great scorer who couldn’t shoot the Knicks past Boston Sunday.

Amar’e Stoudemire, who couldn’t find the basket nearly enough in the Knicks’ 101-89 loss in Game 4.

Donnie Walsh
wants to come back as team president, but isn’t going to be surprised
if Dolan doesn’t pick up the option on his deal. Dolan should have done
that weeks before the Knicks were swept out of the playoffs at the
Garden. But why do the right thing, especially when everyone is telling
you it makes perfect sense?

When the Garden crowd rose to applaud the Knicks with around a minute
left, Dolan did not join in. Read into that what you will. As the teams
filed off the floor, he walked through the tunnel and didn’t look like
an owner who knows that his team got some valuable experience in its
first playoffs in seven seasons and has better days ahead.
What is Dolan thinking? Who knows. He hasn’t held a Q&A session
with writers who cover the team since March 2007. What Thomas advises
when Dolan calls is also anyone’s guess.

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