New York Knicks: 20 Former Knicks Whom the Team Should've Forced to Retire

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New York Knicks: 20 Former Knicks Whom the Team Should've Forced to Retire
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Cuttino Mobley—remember him?  Didn't think so. 

Well, he was once a Knick for a New York minute in 2009. Now he's suing the team for "[ending] his career by having him declared medically ineligible to play because of a preexisting heart condition."  He claims New York forced him into retirement to save $19 million.

What a clever cap-room strategy by the front office on that one if true.  It took Mobley's two-year contract off the books and paid dividends in luxury-tax relief. It helped bring Amar'e Stoudemire to the Garden.

The L.A. Clippers traded Mobley to the Knicks with Tim Thomas for Mardy Collins, Zach Randolph and Zach Randolph's $13 million contract. Tricky. Tricky.

That got us thinking.  What if the Knicks were deftly able, in one way or another, to force a player, or coach, to retire?  You can imagine James Dolan sitting in the shadows of a damp leaky cellar with two goons on each side, rasping "Your services are no longer required.  Thank you."

Here's a quick look at 20 former Knicks (er, turkeys?) that would be on the other side of that conversation.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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