I have no idea what Walsh is thinking these days. Our three-decade personal connection got abruptly pre-empted by our increasingly edgy business relationship. For the most part during his three years on the job, I don’t ask and he doesn’t tell. And if I do ask what’s going on about this or that by e-mail, he rarely responds...The point being, I’ve been around Walsh long enough and know him far too well to think it will be Dolan’s choice whether he stays with the Knicks past June 30. That decision will be made solely by Walsh.Several people I have spoken to with knowledge of Walsh's thinking would tell you that if it is his choice he will unquestionably come back, as long as Isiah Thomas doesn't have a seat at the table. Consulting, scouting, no problem. No desk, no seat at the weekly meetings. This isn't hard line with the owner. The concept hasn't been discussed.
It's not an ultimatum. Walsh doesn't seem the threat making type. It's a simple matter of quiet respect.