New York Knicks
This article is about the professional basketball team.
For the early 19th century baseball club, see New York Knickerbockers.
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They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other team is the Brooklyn Nets.
Alongside the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of two original NBA teams still located in its original city.
The team, established by Ned Irish in 1946, was one of the founding members of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which became the NBA after merging with the rival National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949.
The Knicks were successful during their early years and were constant playoff contenders under the franchise's first head coach Joe Lapchick.
Beginning in 1950, the Knicks made three consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals, all of which were losing efforts.
Lapchick resigned in 1956 and the team subsequently began to falter.
It was not until the late 1960s when Red Holzman became the head coach that the Knicks began to regain their former dominance.
The Knicks of the 1980s had mixed success that included six playoff appearances; however, they failed to participate in the NBA Finals.
However, they were unable to win an NBA championship during this era.
They were eventually eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Indiana Pacers, and have failed to make the playoffs since.
See also: List of New York Knicks seasons
1946–1967: Early years
In 1946, basketball, particularly college basketball, was a growing and increasingly profitable sport in New York City.
Hockey was another popular sport at the time and generated considerable profits; however, the arenas were not used often.
Kase developed the idea of an organized professional league to showcase college players upon their graduation and felt it could become profitable if properly assembled.
Brown, intrigued by the opportunity to attain additional income when the hockey teams were not playing or on the road, contacted several arena owners.
On June 6, 1946, Kase and Brown and a group of seventeen others assembled at the Commodore Hotel in New York City, as the Basketball Association of America (BAA), where charter franchises were granted to major cities throughout the country.
Kase originally planned to own and operate the New York franchise himself and approached Irish with a proposal to lease the Garden.
Irish explained that the rules of the Arena Managers Association of America stated that Madison Square Garden was required to own any professional teams that played in the arena.
On the day of the meeting, Kase made his proposal to the panel of owners; however, they were much more impressed by Irish and his vast resources; Kase relented and the franchise was awarded to Irish.
Irish wanted a distinct name for his franchise that was representative of the city of New York.
He called together members of his staff for a meeting to cast their votes in a hat.
After tallying the votes, the franchise was named the Knickerbockers.
The "Knickerbocker" name comes from the pseudonym used by Washington Irving in his book A History of New York, a name that became applied to the descendants of the original Dutch settlers of what later became New York, and later, by extension, to New Yorkers in general.
Lapchick readily accepted after Irish promised to make him the highest-paid coach in the league; however, he requested he remain at St. John's one more season in hopes of winning one last championship.
With no college draft in the league's initial year, there was no guarantee that the Knicks or the league itself would thrive.
Consequently, teams focused on signing college players from their respective cities as a way to promote the professional league.
The Knicks held their first training camp in the Catskill Mountains at the Nevele Country Club.
Twenty-five players were invited to attend the three-week session.
Players worked out twice a day and the chemistry between the New York natives was instant.
In a low-scoring affair presented in front of 7,090 spectators, the Knicks defeated the Huskies 68–66 with Leo Gottlieb leading the Knicks in scoring with 14 points.
With Madison Square Garden's crowded schedule, the Knicks were forced to play many of their home games at the 69th Regiment Armory during the team's early years.
The Knicks went on to finish their inaugural campaign with a 33–27 record and achieved a playoff berth under Cohalan despite a dismal shooting percentage of 28 percent.
The Knicks faced the Cleveland Rebels in the quarterfinals, winning the series 2–1.
However, the Knicks were swept by the Philadelphia Warriors in two games in the semifinals.
As promised, Lapchick took over in 1947, bringing with him his up-tempo coaching style, which emphasized fast ball movement.
Under Lapchick, the Knicks made nine straight playoff appearances beginning in 1947.
Despite this, the Knicks struggled throughout the year, compiling a 26–22 record.
Despite losing Schayes, the team started the year well going 17–8 before they fell into a slump.
They ended the year with a seven-game win streak to finish with a 32–28 record and a third-straight playoff appearance.
The Knicks defeated the Bullets in a rematch of their previous encounter in 1947, winning the series 2–1.
The team however struggled against the Washington Capitols and lost the series 1–2.
Prior to the beginning of the 1949–50 season, the BAA merged with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association with the BAA absorbing six teams from its former competitor.
Despite division realignments, the Knicks remained in the Eastern Division.
The team continued its dominance under Lapchick, winning 40 games; however they lost the Eastern Division finals to the Syracuse Nationals.
During this same season, the Knicks finished with a 36–30 record.
Though they placed third in their division, they secured a playoff spot and began the first of three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals.
In spite of their success, the Knicks could not overcome the Rochester Royals despite a valiant comeback after losing the first three games of the Finals.
The next two years, in 1952 and 1953, New York fell to the Minneapolis Lakers in the Finals.
It was during this early period, the Knicks developed their first standout players in Carl Braun who retired as the Knicks leading scorer with 10,449 points before later being surpassed by the likes of Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier and Willis Reed.
Harry Gallatin and Dick McGuire were also well-known standouts on the team and were later enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Following these back-to-back losses, the Knicks made the playoffs in the subsequent two years with no success.
Lapchick resigned as the team's head coach in January 1956 citing health-related issues.
However, after two seasons of poor performances and no playoff appearances, Boryla tendered his resignation from the team in April 1958.
Looking to regain their former dominance, Andrew Levane was named the head coach and in his first year, the results were significantly better as the team finished with a 40–32 record, securing their playoff spot.
However, the Knicks could not manage to get past the Eastern Division semi-finals.
The Levane-led squad fared poorly to begin the 1959–60 season and under mounting pressure Levane resigned and was immediately replaced by Carl Braun, who became the team's first player-coach.
During Donovan's tenure, New York failed to achieve a playoff berth.
As a testament to their struggles, on March 2, 1962, the Knicks faced the Philadelphia Warriors in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where they infamously allowed Wilt Chamberlain to score an NBA-record 100 points in a 169–147 Warriors victory.
In 1964, the franchise's fortunes began to take a steady turn.
However, the leaders of the team still remained in flux.
After a slow start in 1965, Dick McGuire, another former Knick, replaced his former teammate Gallatin midway through the season.
Though he failed to guide the Knicks to the playoffs in 1965, he managed to do so the following season, however, the Knicks lost in the Eastern Division semi-finals.
1967–1975: Championship years
The Knicks started their 1967-68 season with a 124–122 win over the visiting Warriors.
In that game, seven players on the Knicks' roster scored in double figures.
However, the Knicks lost their next six games, falling to a 1–6 record.
They managed to stop their losing streak on November 1, 1967, when the Knicks won the road game against the Lakers, 129–113.
During the game, Willis Reed scored a career-high 53 points on 21-of-29 shooting from the field.
On November 3, the Knicks defeated the Seattle Supersonics 134-100 in Seattle.
In that game, nine Knicks' player scored at least 10 points.
Head coach Dick McGuire was replaced midway through the 1967–68 season after the team began the season with a 15–22 record.
With the Knicks under .500, the team decided to hire coach Red Holzman, whose impact was immediate.
Under his direction, the Knicks went 28–17 and finished with a 43–39 record thus salvaging a playoff berth, however, the Knicks were again vanquished in the Eastern Division semi-finals by the Philadelphia 76ers.
However their roster was slowly coming together piece by piece.
In the playoffs, New York made it past the first round of contention for the first time since 1953, sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in four games, before falling to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Division finals.
In the 1969–70 season, the Knicks had a then-single-season NBA record 18 straight victories en route to a 60–22 record, which was the best regular season record in the franchise's history to that point.
With the series tied at 2–2, the Knicks would be tested in Game 5.
Willis Reed tore a muscle in his right leg in the second quarter, and was lost for the rest of the game.
Despite his absence, New York went on to win the game, rallying from a 16-point deficit.
Without their injured captain the Knicks lost Game 6, setting up one of the most famous moments in NBA history.
Reed limped onto the court before the seventh game, determined to play through the pain of his injury.
He scored New York's first two baskets before going scoreless for the remainder of the contest.
Although he was not at full strength, Reed's heroics inspired the Knicks, and they won the game by a score of 113–99, allowing New York to capture the title that had eluded them for so long.
Reed, who had been named the All-Star MVP and the league's MVP that season, was named MVP of the Finals, becoming the first player to attain all three awards in a single season.
The Knicks' success continued for the next few years.
This time the Knicks fell to the Lakers in five games.
The next year, the results were reversed, as the Knicks defeated the Lakers in five games to win their second NBA title in four years.
The team had one more impressive season in 1973–74, as they reached the Eastern Conference finals, where they fell in five games to the Celtics.
It was after this season that Willis Reed announced his retirement, and the team's fortunes began to shift once more.
1975–1985: Post-championship years
In the 1974–75 season, the Knicks posted a 40–42 record, their first losing record in eight seasons.
The team still qualified for a playoff spot, however, but the opportunity was squandered as they lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round.
After two more seasons with losing records, Holzman was replaced by Willis Reed, who signed a three-year contract.
In Reed's first year, New York finished the year with a 43–39 record and returned to the Eastern Conference semi-finals, where they were swept by the Philadelphia 76ers.
The next season, after the team began with a 6–8 record, Holzman was rehired as the team's coach after Reed had angered Madison Square Garden president Sonny Werblin.
The team did not fare any better under Holzman's direction, finishing with a 31–51 record, their worst in thirteen years.
Holzman retired the following season as one of the winningest coaches in NBA history.
The team's record that year was a dismal 33–49.
However, Holzman's legacy would continue through the players he influenced.
One of the Knicks' bench players and defensive specialists during the 1970s was Phil Jackson.
Jackson cited Holzman as a significant influence on his career in the NBA.
Hubie Brown replaced Holzman as head coach and in his first season, the team went 44–38 and made it to the second round of the playoffs, where they were swept by the eventual champion Philadelphia 76ers.
The next season, the team, aided by new acquisition Bernard King, improved to 47–35 and returned to the playoffs.
The team defeated the Detroit Pistons in the first round with an overtime win in the fifth and deciding game, before losing in the second round in seven games to the Celtics.
The team's struggles continued into the 1984–85 season, as they lost their last 12 games to finish with a 24–58 record.
The first of these losses occurred on March 23, 1985, where King injured his knee and spent the next 24 months in rehabilitation.
1985–2000: The Patrick Ewing era
In the summer of 1985, the Knicks were entered into the first-ever NBA Draft Lottery.
The Knicks ended up winning the number one pick in that year's NBA draft.
The team would not fare as well, though, as they struggled to a 23–59 record in his first season.
During Ewing's second season, the team started with a 4–12 record and head coach Hubie Brown was dismissed in favor of assistant Bob Hill.
Under Hill, the Knicks had brief successes but went on to lose seventeen of their twenty-one final games of the season to finish 20–46 under Hill and 24–58 on the season.
Hill was dismissed at season's end.
The team immediately turned around in the 1987–88 season with the hiring of Rick Pitino as head coach, who, only months prior to his hiring, led Providence College to the Final Four, turning around a program that had struggled prior to his arrival.
Combined with the selection of point guard Mark Jackson, who won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and garnered MVP consideration, in the draft and with Ewing's consistently stellar play, the Knicks made the playoffs with a record of 38–44, where they were defeated by the Celtics in the first round.
The resurgence continued the following season as the team traded backup center Bill Cartwright to the Bulls for power forward Charles Oakley before the season started and then posted a 52–30 record, which was good enough for their first division title in 18 years and their fifth division title in franchise history.
Assistant Stu Jackson was named as Pitino's replacement becoming the team's 14th head coach and the youngest head coach in the NBA, at the time, at the age of 32.
Under Jackson's direction, the Knicks went 45–37 and defeated the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, winning the final three games after losing the first two.
They went on to lose to the eventual NBA champion Detroit Pistons in the next round.
Jackson and the Knicks struggled to a 7–8 record to begin the 1990–91 season and Jackson was replaced by John MacLeod who led the Knicks to a 32–35 record, ending the season with a 39–43 record overall that was good enough to earn the team another playoff appearance.
The Knicks were swept in the first round by the eventual NBA champion, Chicago Bulls.
1991–1996: The Pat Riley/Don Nelson years
After the conclusion of the season, MacLeod left the team to become the head coach at the University of Notre Dame.
Riley accepted the Knicks proposition on May 31, 1991.
Riley, who coached the Lakers to four NBA titles during the 1980s, implemented a rough and physical style emphasizing defense.
Under Riley, the team, led by Ewing and guard John Starks, who scored 24 points per game and 13.9 points per game respectively, improved to a 51–31 record, tying them for first place in the Atlantic Division.
After defeating the Pistons in the first round of the playoffs, the team faced the Bulls, losing the series 4–3 in seven games.
The 1992–93 season proved to be even more successful, as the Knicks won the Atlantic Division with a 60–22 record.
After taking a two games-to-none lead, the Knicks lost the next four games.
After the Bulls' Michael Jordan made what would be his first retirement from basketball prior to the 1993–94 season, many saw this as an opportunity for the Knicks to finally make it to the NBA Finals.
In the playoffs, the team played a then NBA-record 25 games (the Boston Celtics played 26 games in the 2008 playoffs); they started by defeating the New Jersey Nets in the first round before finally getting past the Bulls, defeating them in the second round in seven games.
In the Eastern Conference Finals, they faced the Indiana Pacers, who at one point held a three games-to-two lead.
They had this advantage thanks to the exploits of Reggie Miller, who scored 25 fourth quarter points in Game 5 to lead the Pacers to victory.
However, the Knicks won the next two games to reach their first NBA Finals since 1973.
After splitting the first two games in Houston, the Knicks would win two out of three games at Madison Square Garden, which also hosted the New York Rangers first Stanley Cup celebration in 54 years following their win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of their finals during the series.
(A Knicks win would have made the Garden the first building to host a Cup winner and an NBA champ in the same season.)
In Game 6, however, a last-second attempt at a game-winning shot by Starks was tipped by Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon, giving the Rockets an 86–84 victory and forcing a Game 7.
The Knicks lost Game 7 90–84, credited in large part to Starks's dismal 2-for-18 shooting performance and Riley's stubborn refusal to bench Starks, despite having bench players who were renowned for their shooting prowess, such as Rolando Blackman and Hubert Davis available.
The loss denied New York the distinction of having both NBA and NHL championships in the same year.
Nevertheless, the Knicks had gotten some inspiration from Mark Messier and the Rangers during the finals.
The next year, the Knicks were second place in the Atlantic Division with a 55–27 record.
The team defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers before facing the Pacers again in the second round.
The tone for the Knicks–Pacers series was set in Game 1, as Miller once again became a clutch nuisance to the Knicks by scoring eight points in the final 8 seconds of the game to give the Pacers a 107–105 victory.
Riley resigned the next day, and the Knicks hired Don Nelson as their new head coach.
However Nelson's uptempo approach clashed with the Knicks' defensive identity, and during the 1995–96 season, Nelson was fired after 59 games, and, instead of going after another well-known coach, the Knicks hired longtime assistant Jeff Van Gundy, who had no prior experience as a head coach.
The Knicks ended up with a 47–35 record that year, and swept the Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs before losing to the eventual champion Bulls (who had an NBA record 72 wins in the regular season) in five games.
1996–2000: The Jeff Van Gundy years
The Knicks took a 3–1 lead in the series before a brawl near the end of Game 5 resulted in suspensions of key players.
Many of the suspended Knicks players, Ewing in particular, were disciplined not for participating in the altercation itself, but for violating an NBA rule stipulating that a benched player may not leave the bench during a fight (the rule was subsequently amended, making it illegal to leave the "bench area").
With Ewing and Houston suspended for Game 6, Johnson and Starks suspended for Game 7, and Charlie Ward suspended for both, the Knicks lost the series.
The 1997–98 season was marred by a wrist injury to Ewing on December 22, which forced him to miss the rest of the season and much of the playoffs.
The team, which had a 43–39 record that season, still managed to defeat the Heat in the first round (a series, which saw another violent bench clearing brawl at the end of Game 4, this time between Johnson and former Hornets teammate Alonzo Mourning) of the playoffs before having another meeting with the Pacers in the second round.
Ewing returned in time for game two of the series.
This time, the Pacers easily won the series in five games, as Reggie Miller once again broke the hearts of Knicks fans by hitting a tying three-pointer with 5.1 seconds remaining in Game 4, en route to a Pacers overtime victory.
For the fourth straight year, the Knicks were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.
Prior to the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season, the Knicks traded Charles Oakley to the Toronto Raptors for Marcus Camby while also trading John Starks in a package to the Golden State Warriors for 1994's 1st team all league shooting guard Latrell Sprewell (whose contract was voided by the Warriors after choking Warriors' head coach P. during the previous season). J. Carlesimo
After barely getting into the playoffs with a 27–23 record, the Knicks started a Cinderella run.
It started with the Knicks eliminating the #1 seeded Heat in the first round after Allan Houston bounced in a running one-hander off the front of the rim, high off the backboard, and in with 0.8 seconds left in the deciding 5th game.
This remarkable upset marked only the second time in NBA history that an 8-seed had defeated the 1-seed in the NBA playoffs, and also the first time it happened in the Eastern Conference.
After defeating the Atlanta Hawks in the second round four games to none, they faced the Pacers yet again in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Despite losing Ewing to injury for the rest of the playoffs prior to Game 3, the Knicks won the series (aided in part to a four-point play by Larry Johnson in the final seconds of Game 3) to become the first eighth-seeded playoff team to make it to the NBA Finals.
The remarkable fifth game of this Finals is remembered for its 2nd half scoring duel between the Spurs' Tim Duncan and the Knicks' Latrell Sprewell, and was decided by a long jumper by Avery Johnson with 47 seconds left to clinch the title for the Spurs.
The 1999–2000 season, would prove to be the last one in New York for Ewing, as the Knicks, who had a 50–32 record that season swept the Toronto Raptors a team led by Vince Carter, Antonio Davis and a young Tracy McGrady in three games in the first round, defeated the Miami Heat in another dramatic 7-game series in which Ewing's dunk with over a minute remaining in game 7, provided the winning margin in a 1-point road victory.
After the season, Ewing was traded on September 20, 2000, to the Seattle SuperSonics, and the Ewing era, which produced many successful playoff appearances but no NBA championship titles, came to an end.
Despite the loss of Ewing, the Knicks remained successful in the regular season, as they posted a 48–34 record under the direction of Houston and Sprewell.
In the first round of playoff contention, however, New York fell to the Toronto Raptors in five games, failing to get past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade.
After a poor start to the season, the Knicks managed to get above .500 with a 10–9 record.
In spite of their recent success, Van Gundy unexpectedly resigned as head coach on December 8, 2001 explaining he had "lost focus" and would no longer be able to properly coach the team.
The team, which named longtime assistant Don Chaney as their new head coach, ended the season with a 30–52 record, and for the first time since the 1986–87 season they did not qualify for the playoffs.
In October 2002, the team elected to extend Chaney's contract for another year.
Rather than rebuilding, the Knicks opted to add veterans to the roster including Antonio McDyess who had been dealing with knee problems in the preceding years.
Furthermore, the Knicks were criticized by many analysts as multiple players on the roster were overpaid in light of their poor performances, causing salary cap problems that would persist until Donnie Walsh took over as team president.
McDyess injured his knee during the team's third preseason game and was subjected to further operations in April 2003 after a CT scan revealed the injured knee necessitated he undergo bone-graft surgery.
The Knicks managed only seven wins in their first twenty games, setting the tone for the rest of the season, which they completed with a 37–45 record; it was their second consecutive season without a playoff appearance.
2003–2008: Isiah Thomas era
After a 10–18 start to the 2003–04 season, the Knicks underwent a massive overhaul.
Thomas continued to restructure the team, firing Chaney after an unproductive tenure and hiring Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens to coach the team.
The team qualified for the playoffs that year with a 39–43 record, but were swept by the New Jersey Nets in the first round.
The following season, the Knicks struggled to a 17–22 record before Wilkens resigned as head coach.
Herb Williams, who had previously coached the team in a game against the Orlando Magic prior to the team hiring Wilkens, took over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season and did not fare much better as the Knicks ended their season with a 33–49 record and out of playoff contention.
Hoping to find a leader that could put the team back on track, New York hired Larry Brown to coach the team.
Brown, who idolized the team during his childhood, was well regarded for his coaching abilities and his arrival brought a sense of hope to the franchise.
The Bulls signed-and-traded him to the Knicks along with Antonio Davis for Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney, the Knicks' 2006 first-round pick, and the right to swap first-round picks with the Knicks in 2007, as well as 2007 and 2009 second-round picks.
With a bloated payroll, the Knicks stumbled to the second worst record in the NBA that season, at 23–59.
The season concluded with the firing and $18.5 million buy-out of head coach Larry Brown after one season.
With the departure of Brown, team president Isiah Thomas took over the head coaching responsibilities.
Thomas continued his practice of signing players to high priced contracts while the franchise struggled to capitalize on their talent on the court.
With multiple players still serving a suspension as a result of the brawl, on December 20, 2006, David Lee created one of the most memorable plays in recent Knicks history, and served as a bright spot as the team's struggles persisted, during a game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
The ball sailed towards the basket, and with that 0.1 seconds still remaining on the game clock, Lee tipped the ball off of the backboard and into the hoop.
Because of the Trent Tucker Rule, a player is allowed solely to tip the ball to score when the ball is put back into play with three-tenths of a second or less remaining.
Because of this rule, the rarity of Lee's play increases.
The Knicks won, 111–109 in double overtime.
The Knicks improved by ten games in the 2006–2007 campaign in spite of injuries that ravaged the team at the end of the year; they ended with a 33–49 record, avoiding a 50-loss season by defeating the Charlotte Bobcats 94–93 on the last day of the season.
During the 2007 off-season, the organization became embroiled in further controversy away from the basketball court.
Faced with a trial, the jury returned a verdict finding Thomas and Madison Square Garden liable for sexual harassment.
The jury also levied $11.6 million in punitive damages against Madison Square Garden, though this was later reduced to $11.5 million in a settlement between both parties.
The ordeal proved embarrassing for the franchise, revealing sordid details about Knicks management and the environment at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks struggled as they opened their 2007 campaign with a 2–9 record leaving many Knicks fans, frustrated with the franchise's lack of progress under Thomas, called for the coach's firing—the chant "Fire Isiah" became a common occurrence during the Knicks' home games.
On November 29, 2007, the Knicks were handed one of their worst defeats in their history by the Boston Celtics, with a final score of 104–59.
This matched their third-largest margin of defeat.
New York went on to post an eighth consecutive losing season and tied the franchise mark for their worst record ever, at 23–59.
At the introductory press conference, Walsh, while not proclaiming to be a savior, did set goals, which included getting the team under the salary cap and bringing back a competitive environment.
D'Antoni signed a four-year, $24 million deal to coach the team.
Hours later, New York traded Zach Randolph, along with Mardy Collins, to the Los Angeles Clippers for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas, with the intention of freeing cap space for the 2010 off-season, when top-flight players such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Amar'e Stoudemire would be available.
In February 2009, the Knicks traded Tim Thomas, Jerome James, and Anthony Roberson to the Chicago Bulls for Larry Hughes, in addition to sending Malik Rose to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Chris Wilcox.
Additionally, the long-standing controversy with Stephon Marbury ended when the two sides agreed to a buy-out of Marbury's contract, which allowed him to sign with the Celtics when he cleared waivers on February 27, 2009.
In spite of a volatile roster, the Knicks improved by nine wins from the previous season in D'Antoni's first season, to finish 32–50, coinciding with the emergence of forward-center David Lee, who led the league with 65 double-doubles, and the continued development of guard Nate Robinson and swingman Wilson Chandler.
The Knicks got off to their worst ten-game start in franchise history, producing nine losses, with just one win.
The Knicks responded by winning nine games and losing six in December.
On January 24, 2010, the Knicks suffered their worst home loss in Madison Square Garden history against the Dallas Mavericks in front of a sellout crowd.
The 50-point loss was also the second-worst in Knicks franchise history.
The trades, orchestrated to give the Knicks more cap space for the summer of 2010, netted the Knicks $30 million of cap space.
About three weeks after these team-changing trades, the Knicks played the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center and blew them out by a score of 128–94 for their largest win of the season.
However, the Knicks were eliminated from playoff contention in late March 2010 and completed their season with a 29–53 record, a regression from their first season under D'Antoni.
2010–2013: Arrival of Carmelo Anthony
The Knicks and former Phoenix Suns forward-center Amar'e Stoudemire came to an agreement on July 5, 2010.
The sign and trade deal was made official on July 8 as Stoudemire agreed to an approximately $100 million contract over the span of five years.
Team president Donnie Walsh stated the signing of Stoudemire as a turning point for the future of a Knicks team that had struggled in recent years.
The Knicks regained their title as the most valuable franchise in the NBA following these acquisitions, though this was mainly due to the arrival of Stoudemire, whose star power allowed the team to resurge; the Knicks sold out their full-season ticket inventory for the first time since 2002.
D'Antoni along with Stoudemire and the core of young players, including Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Mozgov, Wilson Chandler and rookie Landry Fields, piloted the Knicks to a 28–26 record prior to the All-Star break, marking the first time the team had been above the .500 mark at that point of the season since 2000.
Carmelo Anthony ensured the franchise's first winning season since 2001 on April 10, 2011, against the Indiana Pacers, as Anthony scored the game-winning basket for the Knicks and subsequently blocked Danny Granger's shot in the final seconds of the game.
In spite of Donnie Walsh's successful efforts to help rebuild the franchise, he decided not to return as the team's president, electing to step down at the end of June 2011, citing the uncertainty surrounding his ability to continue to manage the daily operations of the team.
Glen Grunwald was elected as interim president and general manager.
Following the conclusion of the 2011 NBA lockout, the Knicks engaged in a sign-and-trade deal with the Mavericks for center Tyson Chandler on December 10, 2011, with Chandler signing a four-year contract worth approximately $58 million.
In return, the Knicks sent Andy Rautins to the Mavericks, generating a trade exception for Dallas.
Ronny Turiaf and $3 million in cash considerations were sent to the Wizards to complete the three-way trade.
In order to fit Chandler under the salary cap, Chauncey Billups was earlier waived under the amnesty clause of the new collective bargaining agreement.
To replace Billups at point guard, the Knicks signed Mike Bibby to a one-year, veteran minimum contract.
The Knicks also signed veteran point guard Baron Davis on December 19 to a one-year contract.
At the time, Davis had suffered a herniated disk and was not expected to compete for about 6–8 weeks, leaving Toney Douglas as the team's starting point guard.
The Knicks struggled early in the season because Douglas and Bibby struggled to facilitate the offense and subsequently, it became stagnated.
Subsequently, rookie Iman Shumpert was thrust into the role as the starting point guard after Douglas was relegated to the bench due to his struggles.
In addition, head coach D'Antoni also decided to use Carmelo Anthony as a point forward to help generate a more up-tempo offense; however, there were concerns Anthony was holding the ball for too long, thus contributing to the stagnation of the Knicks' offense.
Lin, who had been claimed off waivers on December 27 following an injury to Iman Shumpert, scored 25 points and had 7 assists en route to a Knicks win.
Lin was praised for his ability to facilitate the offense, something the Knicks had struggled to do for the first 23 games of the season.
Lin, exceeding expectations, was named the starter for the Knicks following a game against the Utah Jazz.
Lin guided the Knicks to a seven-game winning streak, despite being without Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire for five games due to a groin injury and a death in the family respectively, that brought the team back to a .500 winning percentage.
The surge of positive play by the Knicks accompanied by the performance of Lin caused extensive national and worldwide media coverage that was referred to as 'Linsanity'.
To bolster their depth and perimeter shooting percentage, the Knicks signed J. on February 18, 2012. R. Smith
The team struggled to congeal when Anthony returned from injury and went on to lose seven of eight games before head coach Mike D'Antoni resigned on March 14, 2012.
Assistant Mike Woodson was named the interim head coach.
Under Woodson, the Knicks finished 18–6 during the regular season and clinched a playoff spot for the second straight year this time as the seventh seed, making it the first time they have clinched consecutive playoff berths since making 13 straight playoff appearances from 1988 to 2001.
Not only did they also clinch consecutive winning seasons for the first time in a decade, but their 36–30 record was the highest winning percentage for the team since the 2000–01 season.
The Knicks faced the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs and lost the first three games, breaking the NBA record for longest playoff losing streak at 13 games.
The team's struggles were partially attributed to injuries as Jeremy Lin, Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert were all sidelined by knee ailments.
The Knicks proceeded to win a close Game 4, which snapped their streak and ensured that they would not be swept out of the first round however, they failed to keep up with the Heat's up-tempo offense in Game 5 and lost the series 4–1.
Despite the team's disappointing postseason exit, the Knicks removed Woodson's interim status and he was officially named the full-time head coach on May 25, 2012.
One week later, the team came to terms with veteran point guard Jason Kidd, who was originally supposed to serve as a backup to Lin.
The Knicks also re-acquired Marcus Camby from the Houston Rockets in a sign and trade sending Houston Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan, Toney Douglas and 2014 and 2015 two second-round picks and completed a sign-and-trade with the Portland Trail Blazers that brought back Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas in exchange for Jared Jeffries, Dan Gadzuric, and the draft rights to Papanikolaou and Greek forward Georgios Printezis, whose draft rights had been acquired by the Knicks in December 2011.
However the Knicks lost restricted free agents shooting guard, Landry Fields to the Toronto Raptors and point guard, Jeremy Lin to the Houston Rockets, who were both key players during the 2011–12 season.
The Knicks decided not to match those teams' offers.
Despite these losses, the Knicks continued to add players to the roster, signing former Chicago Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer on July 25, 2012, and signing Chris Smith, the younger brother of J. , on August 1, 2012. R. Smith
It was also announced that Rasheed Wallace would come out of retirement to play for the Knicks on October 2, 2012.
Despite playing without an injured Iman Shumpert and Amar'e Stoudemire, the Knicks compiled an 18–5 record to start the season, their best start since 1993.
In their first four games, they scored at least 100 points and won by double digits in all of those games.
The streak ended after a 10-point loss to Memphis Grizzlies.
The following Sunday, in a game against the Indiana Pacers, the Knicks at home went on to win 88–76, assuring them a 7–1 record.
After two tough losses to the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets, the Knicks returned home in a game against the Detroit Pistons on November 25, with a 121–100 blowout win, making them one of only three teams undefeated at home along with the Miami Heat and Utah Jazz.
The Knicks finished November with an 11–4 record, their best month record since going 11–6 in March 2000.
By the All-Star break in mid-February 2013, the Knicks compiled a 32–18 record, good for second in the Eastern Conference.
On February 21, on the trade deadline, the team traded Ronnie Brewer for a 2014 second-round draft pick.
The Knicks then signed veteran power forward Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract.
In late March, the Knicks went on to compile a four-game losing streak, tying their worst skid of the season.
They would go on and face the Jazz on the road, eventually winning the game and starting what would turn out to be a 13-game winning streak, including wins against the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
This was the third-longest winning streak in franchise history.
On April 9, the Knicks beat the Washington Wizards to secure the Atlantic Division title for the first time since the 1993–94 NBA season.
The Knicks' 13-game winning streak came to an end on April 11 as they lost to the Chicago Bulls.
Despite that, they set the NBA single season record for three-pointers.
On May 3, the Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs, 4–2, their first playoff victory since 2000.
On May 18, the Knicks were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs, losing the series to the Indiana Pacers 4–2.
Point guard Jason Kidd retired following the end of the season—he was named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets a few days later.
In the 2013 NBA draft, the Knicks selected Tim Hardaway Jr. as the 24th pick in the first round.
During the 2013 off-season, The Knicks claimed Los Angeles Lakers F Metta World Peace off of waivers.
2013–2017: Phil Jackson era
The Knicks also saw changes to business operations in late 2013, replacing general manager Glen Grunwald with former MSG president Steve Mills.
The Knicks then appointed former coach Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations, with Mills remaining as general manager, with the duo working directly under MSG chairman James Dolan.
The Knicks finished the season with a disappointing 37–45 record and finished ninth in the Eastern Conference, but was the season Carmelo Anthony established his career high, the Knicks' franchise record, and the Madison Square Garden record for single-game scoring.
Anthony recorded 62 points and 13 rebounds in a victory against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Forbes magazine released its franchise value rankings for NBA teams, and listed the Knicks as the world's most valuable basketball organization at $1.4 billion in 2014, edging out the Los Angeles Lakers by $50 million.
The Knicks were valued at 40% more than the third-place Chicago Bulls valuation of $1 billion, and were valued nearly twice as highly as their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, who came in at $780 million.
The trade was the first one that Jackson ever executed as a front office executive.
On June 26, as part of the draft, the Knicks selected Cleanthony Early as the 34th overall pick, and Thanasis Antetokounmpo as the 51st overall pick, using the draft picks received in the trade from the Mavericks.
The Knicks would then go onto set a franchise record with its 13th consecutive loss, losing 101–91 to the Washington Wizards, giving New York its longest losing streak in the franchise's 69-season history.
The Knicks would finish the 2014–15 season with a win-loss record of 17–65, the worst record in franchise history, and allowed them to gain the 4th overall selection in the upcoming draft.
The Knicks also bought out Amar'e Stoudemire's $100 million contract a season early.
On June 24, 2015, the Knicks selected Kristaps Porziņģis with the fourth overall pick in the draft, and traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Jerian Grant, the 19th overall pick.
Midway through another losing season, Fisher was relieved of his coaching duties, with Kurt Rambis being named as interim head coach as the Knicks finished the season with a record of 32–50.
Jeff Hornacek was then hired as their next head coach, which also oversaw Jackson's most notable acts as an executive.
The Knicks also signed Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings, and Courtney Lee to contracts worth a combined $127 million, and regressed the following season, causing the franchise to part ways with Jackson after three years as the Knicks' president of basketball operations.
Under Jackson's presidency, the Knicks had gone 80–166, suffered three consecutive losing seasons, and missed three consecutive playoffs.
In his last act prior to leaving the Knicks, Jackson selected Frank Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick, Damyean Dotson with the 44th overall pick, and Ognjen Jaramaz with the 58th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
2017–present: Struggles and further rebuilding
The Knicks also saw Carmelo Anthony demanding a trade from the team, which posed difficulty for both player and franchise due to a no-trade clause inserted in Anthony's contract given by Jackson in 2013.
Originally, the only teams for which he would waive his no trade clause were for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets, with the former eventually removed from trade discussions due to internal conflicts.
Anderson's three-year, $60 million contract was not feasibly able to be absorbed by either franchise, however, causing Perry to cease talks with the Rockets, before agreeing to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, after Anthony agreed to expand his no-trade clause to include the Thunder.
The Knicks received Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick in exchange for Anthony on September 25, 2017, while also positioning Kristaps Porziņģis as the new centerpiece of the franchise.
The franchise also traded for former lottery pick Emmanuel Mudiay from the Denver Nuggets at the trade deadline, who was a point guard the Knicks were rumored to have targeted prior to selecting Porziņģis in 2015.
However, the season again ended poorly, with 29–53 record to leave the Knicks as the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference.
This caused the Knicks to part ways with head coach Jeff Hornacek.
Hornacek's two full seasons retained criticism for the team's continued struggle on defense, as well as the inability to implement an efficient, modern offense.
Fizdale signed a four-year deal, and was tasked to deliver on player development and improving the team's basketball philosophy.
They further invested in untapped potential by signing another former lottery pick, with Noah Vonleh agreeing to a one year deal.
However, following a dismal start to the season, and after a meeting with Porziņģis gave team officials the impression that he wanted to be traded, Porziņģis was traded on January 30, 2019, alongside Trey Burke, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr., to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr., an unprotected 2021 first-round draft pick, and an additional top-ten protected 2023 first round draft pick.
The Knicks finished the 2018–19 season with a league worst 17–65 regular season record, but the season was notable for the emergence of undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier, as well as for the progression of Dotson and Robinson.
In preparation for the 2019–20 season, and as a result of having a record $74 million in cap space following the Porziņģis trade, the team divided it among five new signings.
On February 4, 2020, the Knicks fired Steve Mills after seven seasons as president with Scott Perry taking over on an interim basis.
On March 2, Leon Rose was named president of the team.
List of the last five seasons completed by the Knicks.
For the full season-by-season history, see List of New York Knicks seasons.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Winning Percentage;
|2015–16||82||32||50||.390||3rd, Atlantic||Did not qualify|
|2016–17||82||31||51||.378||3rd, Atlantic||Did not qualify|
|2017–18||82||29||53||.354||4th, Atlantic||Did not qualify|
|2018–19||82||17||65||.207||5th, Atlantic||Did not qualify|
|2019-20||66||21||45||.318||5th, Atlantic||Did not qualify|
Logos and uniforms
1946–1964: Father Knickerbocker era
The first logo of the New York Knicks is of a character named "Father Knickerbocker" dribbling a basketball, in the iconic blue and orange colors.
It was designed by New York World-Telegram cartoonist Willard Mullin.
From the beginning, the Knicks home uniforms are in white with blue and orange trim, while the away uniforms are in blue with orange and white trim.
The first iterations contain monotone lettering in blue (home) and orange (away) lettering, with the addition of a checkerboard pattern during the mid-1950s.
1964–1992: The Classic roundball era
The Knicks would introduce an iconic logo that would endure for the next three decades.
Designed by Bud Freeman, the word 'Knicks' superimposed over a brown basketball is known as the 'Classic Roundball Logo', with minor changes throughout its lifespan such as maroon wordmark and orange basketball.
An alternate logo featuring the full team name inside an orange basketball was used during the late 1960s and into the 1970s.
As the 1960s began, the Knicks updated their uniforms again.
This time the lettering is in serifed fonts, and the blue lettering and numbers on the home uniforms are now trimmed in orange.
The away uniforms maintained the orange lettering but added white trim; it later changed to white letters while adding white trim on the piping.
Side stripes were also added to the uniform.
The 'NY' monogram is on the left leg of the shorts.
1968–1979; 1983–1997: Championship era uniforms
The Knicks unveiled a uniform that would stay for three decades.
This uniform, with an arched 'NEW YORK' in serif lettering and in orange, would be the uniform worn during their 1970 and 1973 championship seasons; however, they were not introduced simultaneously.
The home uniforms would debut in 1968, while the away uniforms debuted the following year.
One noticeable feature was that the player's name was in a straight block arched lettering (which is also called the "vertical arch" style), which was meticulously designed by Gerry Cosby and his sporting goods company.
The unusual arrangement on the player's name was later adopted by several Major League Baseball teams in the 1970s, and are currently used by the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers.
On the shorts, there was no logo placed during much of the 1970s, but during the 1978–79 season, the side stripes were eliminated and the interlocking 'NY' logo inside an apple was placed instead.
When this uniform style was reinstated for the 1983–84 season, it now featured the player's number and the interlocking 'NY' logo, in addition to the return of the side stripes.
The shorts number was eliminated in 1987, while variations of the 'Roundball Logo' replaced the 'NY' logo from 1991 to 1997.
Since the 1991–92 season various outfitters such as Champion, Puma, Reebok, Adidas, and Nike have taken over uniform production from Cosby, with player names on the back reverted to a radial arch and added serifs.
1979–1983: Maroon era uniforms
At the beginning of the 1980s, the Knicks radically changed their uniforms.
Royal blue and orange were replaced by navy and maroon.
During this period, the home uniforms featured the team name below the number, both in maroon with navy trim and in a stylized, free-flowing font.
Navy away uniforms continue to feature the city name but below the white and maroon number.
The interlocking 'NY' logo debuted on the shorts, with the addition of player numbers and side stripes during the 1981–82 season.
The 'Knicks' script from the 'Maroon Era' uniforms was later reused in the uniforms of the Knicks' NBA Development League affiliate Westchester Knicks, with the same team name below the number format.
1992–2012: New look era
Before the 1992–93 season, the Knicks updated their 'Roundball Logo' to its present form, with the word 'Knicks' in a futuristic font, again superimposed over a basketball, with a silver triangle accentuating the look.
The "New Look" logo was designed by Tom O'Grady.
For the 1995–96 season, the city name in a futuristic script was added atop the logo, while an alternate 'Subway Token' logo featuring the acronym 'NYK' was introduced.
Black was also introduced as an accent color.
The logo was added while the 'Championship Era' uniforms were still in use, but during the 1995–96 season, the Knicks unveiled a blue alternate uniform, this time featuring black side stripes and the aforementioned 'Subway Token' logo on the shorts' beltline.
A home white version of this uniform was introduced for the 1997–98 season, effectively retiring the championship era uniforms.
In the 2001–02 season, the side stripes were narrowed, while the 'Subway Token' logo was moved to the back of the uniform, and the Knicks primary logo moved from the side to the front of the shorts.
2012–present: Modern era
The Knicks updated their "New Look Logo", this time eliminating the color black from the scheme.
They still used the previous uniform during the 2011–12 season, but for the 2012–13 season, the Knicks unveiled new uniforms inspired from their 'Championship Era' uniforms.
A more subtle and bolder 'New York' script was introduced, while the uniform piping stopped until the lettering.
The phrase Once A Knick, Always A Knick is added on the uniform collar.
Gray became the accent color.
In addition, an updated version of their 1970s secondary logo, this time featuring only the team name, was introduced.
On October 25, 2013, the Knicks unveiled an alternate orange uniform, which is essentially a mirror image of the blue away uniforms, but with orange as the primary color and blue and white as trim colors.
The uniforms debuted on October 31 in a road game against the Chicago Bulls, and were used in the first five weekend home games, but after going 0–6 in the orange uniforms, they were discontinued permanently.
Beginning with the 2017–18 season, Nike will be the NBA's new uniform provider.
Under Nike, "home" and "away" uniform designations were eliminated, and in their place were the white "Association" set, primary color "Icon" set, alternate color "Statement" set, and annual "City" set that will be used either at home or away.
The Knicks kept their white "Association" and blue "Icon" uniforms almost intact with only a few alterations such as truncated shoulder and shorts striping and the modern roundball logo on the waistband.
From 2017 to 2019, the Knicks' "Statement" uniform featured a white base with lettering in orange with white and blue trim.
The striping was inspired from the team's 1970s-era uniforms.
In the 2019–20 season, the Knicks changed their Statement uniform to a blue base and white lettering with blue and orange trim.
The white letters were a nod to the team's 1960s blue uniforms.
As with the previous "Statement" uniform, the striping was based on the team's 1970s uniforms.
The Knicks have also worn special edition uniforms every March as part of the NBA's Noche Latina events and during St. . Patrick's Day
The uniforms during Noche Latina were originally white with blue and orange trim, first using the 2001–12 uniform from 2008 to 2012, and then the current uniforms from 2012 to 2015, the only exception being Nueva York in front.
In the 2015–16 season, the Knicks used a variation of their away blue uniform for Noche Latina.
The Saint Patrick's Day uniforms used the road uniform template except for green substituting for the blue base.
These uniforms have also been used on Christmas Day from the 2009–10 season, and was worn in particular by Nate Robinson for a "Kryptonate vs. Superman" theme against Dwight Howard in the 2009 Slam Dunk Contest.
The St. Patrick's uniforms were shelved after the 2011–12 season.
On Christmas Day 2012, the Knicks wore monochrome uniforms known as 'Big Color'.
The uniforms are mostly orange, with blue trimming.
The following year, the Knicks wore sleeved orange uniforms known as 'Big Logo', featuring a chrome-treated Knicks logo in front.
For the 2014 edition, the Knicks wore a variation of their home uniforms, featuring the team logo in front and the player's first name in a blue nameplate below the number.
The 2016 Christmas Day game against the Celtics saw the Knicks wear an all-blue uniform without additional striping, complete with fancy scripted orange lettering and numbers.
As part of its deal with Nike, a special "City" uniform would be used to pay tribute to either local culture or team traditions.
The Knicks' 2017–18 "City" uniform, which is navy with orange and grey trim and features an emblem containing the team name, uniform number, a ladder with a silhouette of a firefighter, a fire hydrant, and the abbreviation "N.Y.C."
for New York City, pays homage to the city's firefighters and their families.
It was designed in collaboration with the Knicks, the NBA, Nike and the Uniformed Firefighters Association.
The Knicks' second "City" uniform is also in navy and features white lettering, a straight aligned "New York" wordmark in front and alternating stripes of blue, navy and orange designed to mimic the New York City skyline.
The blue and orange arm striping was inspired from the team's 1950s uniforms.
The Knicks initially debuted the uniform in the 2018–19 season, and was retained the following season.
The Knicks were one of several NBA teams to wear throwback uniforms during the league's 50th anniversary in the 1996–97 season.
The throwback set they wore that season represented the franchise's first season in 1946–47.
However, both the blue and white throwbacks featured blue letters with orange trim (the originals had only orange letters on the blue uniform and blue letters on the white uniform minus any additional trim).
In the 2004–05 season the Knicks wore throwback white uniforms from the "maroon era" of the early 1980s.
The only difference from the originals was that the letters on the player's name were arranged in a radial arch (the originals were designed in a vertical arch) and were smaller in size.
The following season, the Knicks wore throwback blue checkerboard uniforms from the mid-1950s, which featured the "Father Knickerbocker" logo on the left leg (the originals did not feature said logo).
For the 2007–08 season, the Knicks wore their classic white uniforms as a tribute to the early 1970s championship teams.
As with the "maroon era" throwbacks, the player's name no longer appeared in a vertical arch and were smaller in size.
In addition, the original "roundball" logo was added (the original uniforms had no logo on the shorts).
The 2010–11 season saw the Knicks wear the blue uniforms to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1969–70 championship team.
However, the design they wore that season faithfully replicated those of the 1991–92 Knicks team, complete with radially-arched serifed block letters on the player's name and the "roundball" logo on the shorts.
In the original version, the shorts had no logo while the player name is arranged in a vertical arch and in a sans-serif block font.
In the 2015–16 season, the Knicks wore throwback white versions of the mid-1950s checkerboard uniforms in commemoration of the franchise's 70th season.
Retained draft rights
The Knicks hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA.
A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams.
In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends.
This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams.
|2017||2||50||Mathias Lessort||G||France||AS Monaco (France)||Acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers (via Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves)|
|2017||2||58||Ognjen Jaramaz||G||Serbia||Partizan NIS (Serbia)|
|2014||2||57||Louis Labeyrie||F/C||France||Valencia (Spain)||Acquired from the Indiana Pacers|
|2009||2||34||Sergio Llull||G||Spain||Real Madrid (Spain)||Acquired from the Denver Nuggets (via Houston Rockets)|
|2009||2||56||Ahmad Nivins||F||United States||Free agent||Acquired from the Dallas Mavericks|
|2008||2||44||Ante Tomić||C||Croatia||Joventut Badalona (Spain)||Acquired from the Utah Jazz|
|2008||2||53||Tadija Dragićević||F||Serbia||Free agent||Acquired from the Chicago Bulls (via Houston Rockets)|
|10||Walt Frazier||G||1967–1977||December 15, 1979|
|12||Dick Barnett||G||1965–1974||March 10, 1990|
|15||Earl Monroe||G||1972–1980||March 1, 1986|
|Dick McGuire||G||1949–1957||March 14, 1992|
|19||Willis Reed||C||1964–1974||October 21, 1976|
|22||Dave DeBusschere||F||1969–1974||March 24, 1981|
|24||Bill Bradley||F||1967–1977||February 18, 1984|
|33||Patrick Ewing||C||1985–2000||February 28, 2003|
|March 10, 1990|
- Also served as a broadcaster.
- Also served as head coach (1965–1968) and scouting director.
- Also served as head coach (1977–1978).
- As head coach; the number represents his 613 victories coaching the Knicks.
- Number retired twice, first for Monroe and 6 years later for McGuire.
Basketball Hall of Famers
|Larry Brown||Coach||2005–2006||2002||Pat Riley||Coach||1991–1995||2008|
|Don Nelson||Coach||1995–1996||2012||Rick Pitino||Coach||1987–1989||2013|
- In total, Ewing was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as player and as a member of the 1992 Olympic team.
- In total, Wilkens was inducted into the Hall of Fame three times – as player, as coach and as a member of the 1992 Olympic team.
- In total, Lucas was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as player and as a member of the 1960 Olympic team.
- In total, Bellamy was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as player and as a member of the 1960 Olympic team.
- Also served as assistant coach (1983–1985).
- Also served as head coach (1965–1966).
- Also served as head coach (1959–1961).
All-Star Game selections
The following Knicks players were selected to the NBA All-Star Game.
Steve Mills served as general manager and president during the 2013–14 season.
At the end of the 2013–14 season Phil Jackson replaced Mills as team's president.
He was reinstated as president in 2017, with Scott Perry replacing him as general manager.
Main article: List of New York Knicks head coaches
Bold denotes still active with team.
Italic denotes still active, but not with team.
Points scored (regular season) as of the end of the 2019–20 season
Other statistics (regular season) as of the end of the 2019–20 season
Main article: Knicks–Celtics rivalry
The fact that Boston and New York City are only 190 miles apart contributes to it, which is also seen in the Jets–Patriots rivalry.
The teams have met nine times in the postseason.
In both games 1 and 2, Celtics had a lead going into halftime but were held to 25 and 23 points respectively in the second half, which was an all-time low for the franchise in the playoffs.
Knicks gained a 3–0 lead in the series, but Boston avoided elimination in games 4 and 5.
In game six, Knicks once led by 26 points in the fourth quarter, then the Celtics went onto a 20–0 run in less than 5 minutes to make it a close game, but Knicks still won and moved on to round 2.
Main article: Knicks–Nets rivalry
The Brooklyn Nets, formerly the New Jersey Nets, are the Knicks' closest rival geographically.
Media outlets have noted the Knicks-Nets rivalry's similarity to those of other New York City teams, such as Major League Baseball's Subway Series rivalry between the American League's New York Yankees and the National League's New York Mets, due to both boroughs' proximity through the New York City Subway.
Like the Knicks and Nets, the Giants and Dodgers played in Manhattan and Brooklyn, respectively, and were fierce divisional rivals.
Due to the Knicks and Nets being located in the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, some media outlets have dubbed this rivalry "Clash of the Boroughs".
The Knicks and Nets have met in the playoffs three times, with the Knicks winning two of the three meetings.
Main article: Knicks–Bulls rivalry
The Knicks have a strong rivalry with the Chicago Bulls.
The rivalry's most intense period was during the late 1980s and early 90s, when both teams were huge playoff contenders.
This intensity was due to a variety of factors: the great frequency in which the teams competed against each other in high-stakes contests and playoff series; well-known players such as Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Patrick Ewing, and John Starks; the reputations of the team's respective cities; and personnel changes and conflicts between the teams.
However, with the arrival of future NBA MVP Derrick Rose in 2008, the Chicago Bulls began experiencing success once again.
Main article: Knicks–Pacers rivalry
The rivalry between the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers started in 1993 and quickly became one of the most bitter in NBA history.
The rivalry gave Miller the nickname "The Knick-Killer".
His clutch performances were frequently followed by jabs at Lee like the choke sign, adding fuel to the rivalry.
The rivalry renewed during the 2013 NBA Playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, with Indiana taking the series 4 games to 2.
Main article: Knicks–Heat rivalry
The Miami Heat were one of the New York Knicks' strongest inter-divisional foes.
The two teams met in the playoffs each year from 1997 to 2000, with all four of those series being played to the maximum number of games.
During this four-year span, the Heat and the Knicks each won two playoff series against each other.
The two teams met again in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, for the first time since the 1990s rivalry days.
The Heat won the series, 4–1, and later went on to win the 2012 NBA Finals.
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