Despite that, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not exactly the same old Knicks anymore. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a newfound underlying feeling of hope about the team now. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re no longer permanently buried in salary cap hell. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re no longer under the iron fist of franchise murderer Isiah Thomas. This might all be different at this time next season.