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The New York Knickerbockers, more commonly referred to as the New York Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan. New York Knicks_sentence_4

The Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. New York Knicks_sentence_5

The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden, an arena they share with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). New York Knicks_sentence_6

They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other team is the Brooklyn Nets. New York Knicks_sentence_7

Alongside the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of two original NBA teams still located in its original city. New York Knicks_sentence_8

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. New York Knicks_sentence_9

The Knicks were successful during their early years and were constant playoff contenders under the franchise's first head coach Joe Lapchick. New York Knicks_sentence_10

Beginning in 1950, the Knicks made three consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals, all of which were losing efforts. New York Knicks_sentence_11

Lapchick resigned in 1956 and the team subsequently began to falter. New York Knicks_sentence_12

It was not until the late 1960s when Red Holzman became the head coach that the Knicks began to regain their former dominance. New York Knicks_sentence_13

Holzman successfully guided the Knicks to two NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973. New York Knicks_sentence_14

The Knicks of the 1980s had mixed success that included six playoff appearances; however, they failed to participate in the NBA Finals. New York Knicks_sentence_15

The playoff-level Knicks of the 1990s were led by future Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing; this era was marked by passionate rivalries with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and Miami Heat. New York Knicks_sentence_16

During this time, they were known for playing tough defense under head coaches Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy, making NBA Finals appearances in 1994 and 1999. New York Knicks_sentence_17

However, they were unable to win an NBA championship during this era. New York Knicks_sentence_18

Since 2000, the Knicks have struggled to regain their former successes, but won their first division title in 19 years in 2012–13, led by a core of forwards Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. New York Knicks_sentence_19

They were eventually eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Indiana Pacers, and have failed to make the playoffs since. New York Knicks_sentence_20

History New York Knicks_section_0

See also: List of New York Knicks seasons New York Knicks_sentence_21

1946–1967: Early years New York Knicks_section_1

In 1946, basketball, particularly college basketball, was a growing and increasingly profitable sport in New York City. New York Knicks_sentence_22

Hockey was another popular sport at the time and generated considerable profits; however, the arenas were not used often. New York Knicks_sentence_23

Max Kase, a New York sportswriter, became the sports editor at the Boston American in the 1930s, when he met Boston Garden owner Walter A. New York Knicks_sentence_24 Brown. New York Knicks_sentence_25

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. New York Knicks_sentence_26

Brown, intrigued by the opportunity to attain additional income when the hockey teams were not playing or on the road, contacted several arena owners. New York Knicks_sentence_27

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. New York Knicks_sentence_28

Ned Irish, a college basketball promoter, retired sportswriter and then president of Madison Square Garden, was in attendance. New York Knicks_sentence_29

Kase originally planned to own and operate the New York franchise himself and approached Irish with a proposal to lease the Garden. New York Knicks_sentence_30

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. New York Knicks_sentence_31

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. New York Knicks_sentence_32

Irish wanted a distinct name for his franchise that was representative of the city of New York. New York Knicks_sentence_33

He called together members of his staff for a meeting to cast their votes in a hat. New York Knicks_sentence_34

After tallying the votes, the franchise was named the Knickerbockers. New York Knicks_sentence_35

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. New York Knicks_sentence_36

In search of a head coach, Irish approached successful St. New York Knicks_sentence_37 John's University coach Joe Lapchick in May 1946. New York Knicks_sentence_38

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. New York Knicks_sentence_39

Irish obliged, hiring former Manhattan College coach Neil Cohalan as interim coach for the first year. New York Knicks_sentence_40

With no college draft in the league's initial year, there was no guarantee that the Knicks or the league itself would thrive. New York Knicks_sentence_41

Consequently, teams focused on signing college players from their respective cities as a way to promote the professional league. New York Knicks_sentence_42

The Knicks held their first training camp in the Catskill Mountains at the Nevele Country Club. New York Knicks_sentence_43

Twenty-five players were invited to attend the three-week session. New York Knicks_sentence_44

Players worked out twice a day and the chemistry between the New York natives was instant. New York Knicks_sentence_45

With a roster assembled, the Knicks faced the Toronto Huskies at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens on November 1, 1946, in what would be the franchise's first game—as well as the first in league history. New York Knicks_sentence_46

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. New York Knicks_sentence_47

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. New York Knicks_sentence_48

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. New York Knicks_sentence_49

The Knicks faced the Cleveland Rebels in the quarterfinals, winning the series 2–1. New York Knicks_sentence_50

However, the Knicks were swept by the Philadelphia Warriors in two games in the semifinals. New York Knicks_sentence_51

As promised, Lapchick took over in 1947, bringing with him his up-tempo coaching style, which emphasized fast ball movement. New York Knicks_sentence_52

Six new players were signed, including guard Carl Braun and Japanese-American guard Wataru Misaka, the first non-Caucasian basketball player in the BAA. New York Knicks_sentence_53

Under Lapchick, the Knicks made nine straight playoff appearances beginning in 1947. New York Knicks_sentence_54

Braun, who averaged 14.3 points, emerged as the team's star and paired with Dick Holub and Bud Palmer to account for half of the team's offense. New York Knicks_sentence_55

Despite this, the Knicks struggled throughout the year, compiling a 26–22 record. New York Knicks_sentence_56

Their finish was good enough to place them second in the Eastern Division and secure a playoff match-up against the Baltimore Bullets where they lost the series two games to one. New York Knicks_sentence_57

In the 1948 NBA draft, the Knicks selected two future Hall of Fame players in center Dolph Schayes and Harry Gallatin. New York Knicks_sentence_58

The Knicks were leery of Schayes' talent, prompting the center to leave to play for the Syracuse Nationals of the struggling National Basketball League. New York Knicks_sentence_59

Despite losing Schayes, the team started the year well going 17–8 before they fell into a slump. New York Knicks_sentence_60

They ended the year with a seven-game win streak to finish with a 32–28 record and a third-straight playoff appearance. New York Knicks_sentence_61

The Knicks defeated the Bullets in a rematch of their previous encounter in 1947, winning the series 2–1. New York Knicks_sentence_62

The team however struggled against the Washington Capitols and lost the series 1–2. New York Knicks_sentence_63

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. New York Knicks_sentence_64

Despite division realignments, the Knicks remained in the Eastern Division. New York Knicks_sentence_65

The team continued its dominance under Lapchick, winning 40 games; however they lost the Eastern Division finals to the Syracuse Nationals. New York Knicks_sentence_66

The following season, the Knicks made history signing Sweetwater Clifton to a contract, thus becoming the first professional basketball team to sign an African American player. New York Knicks_sentence_67

During this same season, the Knicks finished with a 36–30 record. New York Knicks_sentence_68

Though they placed third in their division, they secured a playoff spot and began the first of three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. New York Knicks_sentence_69

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. New York Knicks_sentence_70

The next two years, in 1952 and 1953, New York fell to the Minneapolis Lakers in the Finals. New York Knicks_sentence_71

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. New York Knicks_sentence_72

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. New York Knicks_sentence_73

Following these back-to-back losses, the Knicks made the playoffs in the subsequent two years with no success. New York Knicks_sentence_74

Lapchick resigned as the team's head coach in January 1956 citing health-related issues. New York Knicks_sentence_75

Vince Boryla made his debut in February 1956 as the Knicks' new coach in a win over the St. New York Knicks_sentence_76 Louis Hawks. New York Knicks_sentence_77

However, after two seasons of poor performances and no playoff appearances, Boryla tendered his resignation from the team in April 1958. New York Knicks_sentence_78

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. New York Knicks_sentence_79

However, the Knicks could not manage to get past the Eastern Division semi-finals. New York Knicks_sentence_80

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. New York Knicks_sentence_81

The team did not fare much better under Braun and the Knicks hired Eddie Donovan, who helped build up St. New York Knicks_sentence_82 Bonaventure's basketball team, in 1961. New York Knicks_sentence_83

During Donovan's tenure, New York failed to achieve a playoff berth. New York Knicks_sentence_84

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. New York Knicks_sentence_85

In 1964, the franchise's fortunes began to take a steady turn. New York Knicks_sentence_86

The Knicks drafted center Willis Reed, who made an immediate impact on the court and was named NBA Rookie of the Year for his efforts. New York Knicks_sentence_87

However, the leaders of the team still remained in flux. New York Knicks_sentence_88

In an attempt to reorganize, the Knicks named former standout Harry Gallatin as head coach while reassigning Donovan to general manager position. New York Knicks_sentence_89

After a slow start in 1965, Dick McGuire, another former Knick, replaced his former teammate Gallatin midway through the season. New York Knicks_sentence_90

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. New York Knicks_sentence_91

1967–1975: Championship years New York Knicks_section_2

The Knicks started their 1967-68 season with a 124–122 win over the visiting Warriors. New York Knicks_sentence_92

In that game, seven players on the Knicks' roster scored in double figures. New York Knicks_sentence_93

However, the Knicks lost their next six games, falling to a 1–6 record. New York Knicks_sentence_94

They managed to stop their losing streak on November 1, 1967, when the Knicks won the road game against the Lakers, 129–113. New York Knicks_sentence_95

During the game, Willis Reed scored a career-high 53 points on 21-of-29 shooting from the field. New York Knicks_sentence_96

On November 3, the Knicks defeated the Seattle Supersonics 134-100 in Seattle. New York Knicks_sentence_97

In that game, nine Knicks' player scored at least 10 points. New York Knicks_sentence_98

Head coach Dick McGuire was replaced midway through the 1967–68 season after the team began the season with a 15–22 record. New York Knicks_sentence_99

With the Knicks under .500, the team decided to hire coach Red Holzman, whose impact was immediate. New York Knicks_sentence_100

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. New York Knicks_sentence_101

However their roster was slowly coming together piece by piece. New York Knicks_sentence_102

Rookies Phil Jackson and Walt Frazier were named to the NBA All-Rookie Team while Dick Barnett and Willis Reed performed in the 1968 NBA All-Star Game. New York Knicks_sentence_103

The following season, the team acquired Dave DeBusschere from the Detroit Pistons, and the team went 54–28. New York Knicks_sentence_104

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. New York Knicks_sentence_105

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. New York Knicks_sentence_106

After defeating the Bullets in the Eastern Division semifinals and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Division finals, the Knicks faced the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. New York Knicks_sentence_107

With the series tied at 2–2, the Knicks would be tested in Game 5. New York Knicks_sentence_108

Willis Reed tore a muscle in his right leg in the second quarter, and was lost for the rest of the game. New York Knicks_sentence_109

Despite his absence, New York went on to win the game, rallying from a 16-point deficit. New York Knicks_sentence_110

Without their injured captain the Knicks lost Game 6, setting up one of the most famous moments in NBA history. New York Knicks_sentence_111

Reed limped onto the court before the seventh game, determined to play through the pain of his injury. New York Knicks_sentence_112

He scored New York's first two baskets before going scoreless for the remainder of the contest. New York Knicks_sentence_113

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. New York Knicks_sentence_114

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. New York Knicks_sentence_115

The Knicks' success continued for the next few years. New York Knicks_sentence_116

After losing to the Bullets in the 1971 Eastern Conference finals, the team, aided by the acquisitions of Jerry Lucas and Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, returned to the Finals in 1972. New York Knicks_sentence_117

This time the Knicks fell to the Lakers in five games. New York Knicks_sentence_118

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. New York Knicks_sentence_119

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. New York Knicks_sentence_120

It was after this season that Willis Reed announced his retirement, and the team's fortunes began to shift once more. New York Knicks_sentence_121

1975–1985: Post-championship years New York Knicks_section_3

In the 1974–75 season, the Knicks posted a 40–42 record, their first losing record in eight seasons. New York Knicks_sentence_122

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. New York Knicks_sentence_123

After two more seasons with losing records, Holzman was replaced by Willis Reed, who signed a three-year contract. New York Knicks_sentence_124

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. New York Knicks_sentence_125

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. New York Knicks_sentence_126

The team did not fare any better under Holzman's direction, finishing with a 31–51 record, their worst in thirteen years. New York Knicks_sentence_127

After improving to a 39–43 record in the 1979–80 season, the Knicks posted a 50–32 record in the 1980–81 season. New York Knicks_sentence_128

In the playoffs, the Chicago Bulls swept New York in two games. New York Knicks_sentence_129

Holzman retired the following season as one of the winningest coaches in NBA history. New York Knicks_sentence_130

The team's record that year was a dismal 33–49. New York Knicks_sentence_131

However, Holzman's legacy would continue through the players he influenced. New York Knicks_sentence_132

One of the Knicks' bench players and defensive specialists during the 1970s was Phil Jackson. New York Knicks_sentence_133

Jackson went on to coach the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers to 11 NBA championships, surpassing Red Auerbach for the most in NBA history. New York Knicks_sentence_134

Jackson cited Holzman as a significant influence on his career in the NBA. New York Knicks_sentence_135

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. New York Knicks_sentence_136

The next season, the team, aided by new acquisition Bernard King, improved to 47–35 and returned to the playoffs. New York Knicks_sentence_137

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. New York Knicks_sentence_138

The team's struggles continued into the 1984–85 season, as they lost their last 12 games to finish with a 24–58 record. New York Knicks_sentence_139

The first of these losses occurred on March 23, 1985, where King injured his knee and spent the next 24 months in rehabilitation. New York Knicks_sentence_140

1985–2000: The Patrick Ewing era New York Knicks_section_4

In the summer of 1985, the Knicks were entered into the first-ever NBA Draft Lottery. New York Knicks_sentence_141

The Knicks ended up winning the number one pick in that year's NBA draft. New York Knicks_sentence_142

They used the pick to select star center Patrick Ewing of Georgetown University. New York Knicks_sentence_143

In Ewing's first season with the Knicks, he led all rookies in scoring (20 points per game) and rebounds (9 rebounds per game), and he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. New York Knicks_sentence_144

The team would not fare as well, though, as they struggled to a 23–59 record in his first season. New York Knicks_sentence_145

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. New York Knicks_sentence_146

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. New York Knicks_sentence_147

Hill was dismissed at season's end. New York Knicks_sentence_148

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. New York Knicks_sentence_149

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. New York Knicks_sentence_150

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. New York Knicks_sentence_151

In the playoffs, they defeated the 76ers in the first round before losing to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. New York Knicks_sentence_152

Prior to the start of the 1989–90 season, Pitino departed from New York to coach for the University of Kentucky leaving many stunned by his departure. New York Knicks_sentence_153

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. New York Knicks_sentence_154

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. New York Knicks_sentence_155

They went on to lose to the eventual NBA champion Detroit Pistons in the next round. New York Knicks_sentence_156

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. New York Knicks_sentence_157

The Knicks were swept in the first round by the eventual NBA champion, Chicago Bulls. New York Knicks_sentence_158

1991–1996: The Pat Riley/Don Nelson years New York Knicks_section_5

After the conclusion of the season, MacLeod left the team to become the head coach at the University of Notre Dame. New York Knicks_sentence_159

President David Checketts reached out to Pat Riley, who was working as a commentator for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), to see if he was interested in returning to coaching. New York Knicks_sentence_160

Riley accepted the Knicks proposition on May 31, 1991. New York Knicks_sentence_161

Riley, who coached the Lakers to four NBA titles during the 1980s, implemented a rough and physical style emphasizing defense. New York Knicks_sentence_162

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. New York Knicks_sentence_163

After defeating the Pistons in the first round of the playoffs, the team faced the Bulls, losing the series 4–3 in seven games. New York Knicks_sentence_164

The 1992–93 season proved to be even more successful, as the Knicks won the Atlantic Division with a 60–22 record. New York Knicks_sentence_165

Before the season, the Knicks traded Mark Jackson to the Los Angeles Clippers for Charles Smith, Doc Rivers, and Bo Kimble while also acquiring Rolando Blackman from the Dallas Mavericks. New York Knicks_sentence_166

After defeating the Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Hornets in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Knicks made it to the Eastern Conference finals, where once again they met the Bulls. New York Knicks_sentence_167

After taking a two games-to-none lead, the Knicks lost the next four games. New York Knicks_sentence_168

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. New York Knicks_sentence_169

The team, who acquired Derek Harper in a midseason trade with the Dallas Mavericks, once again won the Atlantic Division with a 57–25 record. New York Knicks_sentence_170

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. New York Knicks_sentence_171

In the Eastern Conference Finals, they faced the Indiana Pacers, who at one point held a three games-to-two lead. New York Knicks_sentence_172

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. New York Knicks_sentence_173

However, the Knicks won the next two games to reach their first NBA Finals since 1973. New York Knicks_sentence_174

In the finals, the Knicks would play seven low-scoring, defensive games against the Houston Rockets. New York Knicks_sentence_175

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. New York Knicks_sentence_176

(A Knicks win would have made the Garden the first building to host a Cup winner and an NBA champ in the same season.) New York Knicks_sentence_177

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. New York Knicks_sentence_178

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. New York Knicks_sentence_179

The loss denied New York the distinction of having both NBA and NHL championships in the same year. New York Knicks_sentence_180

Nevertheless, the Knicks had gotten some inspiration from Mark Messier and the Rangers during the finals. New York Knicks_sentence_181

The next year, the Knicks were second place in the Atlantic Division with a 55–27 record. New York Knicks_sentence_182

The team defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers before facing the Pacers again in the second round. New York Knicks_sentence_183

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. New York Knicks_sentence_184

The series went to a Game 7, and when Patrick Ewing's last-second finger roll attempt to tie the game missed, the Pacers clinched the 97–95 win. New York Knicks_sentence_185

Riley resigned the next day, and the Knicks hired Don Nelson as their new head coach. New York Knicks_sentence_186

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. New York Knicks_sentence_187

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. New York Knicks_sentence_188

1996–2000: The Jeff Van Gundy years New York Knicks_section_6

In the 1996–97 season, the Knicks, with the additions of such players as Larry Johnson and Allan Houston, registered a 57–25 record. New York Knicks_sentence_189

In the playoffs, the Knicks swept the Charlotte Hornets in the first round before facing the Miami Heat (coached by Riley) in the second round. New York Knicks_sentence_190

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. New York Knicks_sentence_191

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"). New York Knicks_sentence_192

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. New York Knicks_sentence_193

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. New York Knicks_sentence_194

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. New York Knicks_sentence_195

Ewing returned in time for game two of the series. New York Knicks_sentence_196

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. New York Knicks_sentence_197

For the fourth straight year, the Knicks were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs. New York Knicks_sentence_198

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. New York Knicks_sentence_199 J. Carlesimo during the previous season). New York Knicks_sentence_200

After barely getting into the playoffs with a 27–23 record, the Knicks started a Cinderella run. New York Knicks_sentence_201

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. New York Knicks_sentence_202

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. New York Knicks_sentence_203

After defeating the Atlanta Hawks in the second round four games to none, they faced the Pacers yet again in the Eastern Conference Finals. New York Knicks_sentence_204

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. New York Knicks_sentence_205

However, in the Finals, the San Antonio Spurs, with superstars David Robinson and Tim Duncan, proved too much for the injury-laden Knicks, who lost in five games. New York Knicks_sentence_206

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. New York Knicks_sentence_207

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. New York Knicks_sentence_208

They would, however, lose in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Reggie Miller-led Indiana Pacers in six games. New York Knicks_sentence_209

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. New York Knicks_sentence_210

2000–2003: Downfall New York Knicks_section_7

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. New York Knicks_sentence_211

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. New York Knicks_sentence_212

After a poor start to the season, the Knicks managed to get above .500 with a 10–9 record. New York Knicks_sentence_213

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. New York Knicks_sentence_214

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. New York Knicks_sentence_215

In October 2002, the team elected to extend Chaney's contract for another year. New York Knicks_sentence_216

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. New York Knicks_sentence_217

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. New York Knicks_sentence_218

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. New York Knicks_sentence_219

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. New York Knicks_sentence_220

2003–2008: Isiah Thomas era New York Knicks_section_8

After a 10–18 start to the 2003–04 season, the Knicks underwent a massive overhaul. New York Knicks_sentence_221

Isiah Thomas was named the Knicks' president on December 22, 2003 upon the firing of Scott Layden. New York Knicks_sentence_222

Thomas continued to restructure the team, firing Chaney after an unproductive tenure and hiring Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens to coach the team. New York Knicks_sentence_223

Additionally, Thomas orchestrated multiple trades, including one that brought point guard Stephon Marbury to the team. New York Knicks_sentence_224

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. New York Knicks_sentence_225

The series included a highly publicized spat between the Knicks' Tim Thomas and Nets' Kenyon Martin, in which Thomas all but challenged Martin to a fight and called him "Fugazy". New York Knicks_sentence_226

The following season, the Knicks struggled to a 17–22 record before Wilkens resigned as head coach. New York Knicks_sentence_227

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. New York Knicks_sentence_228

Hoping to find a leader that could put the team back on track, New York hired Larry Brown to coach the team. New York Knicks_sentence_229

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. New York Knicks_sentence_230

Hoping to find the next Patrick Ewing, the Knicks drafted center Channing Frye and signed centers Jerome James and Eddy Curry, the former prior to the season and the latter during the season. New York Knicks_sentence_231

Curry, who reportedly had a worrying heart condition, refused to take a controversial DNA test, and fell out of favor with John Paxson, Chicago's general manager. New York Knicks_sentence_232

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. New York Knicks_sentence_233

Isiah Thomas did not lottery-protect the picks, and the Knicks forfeited the second pick in the 2006 draft, and the ninth in the 2007 draft. New York Knicks_sentence_234

With a bloated payroll, the Knicks stumbled to the second worst record in the NBA that season, at 23–59. New York Knicks_sentence_235

The season concluded with the firing and $18.5 million buy-out of head coach Larry Brown after one season. New York Knicks_sentence_236

With the departure of Brown, team president Isiah Thomas took over the head coaching responsibilities. New York Knicks_sentence_237

Thomas continued his practice of signing players to high priced contracts while the franchise struggled to capitalize on their talent on the court. New York Knicks_sentence_238

As a testament to their struggles, on December 16, 2006, the Knicks and the Denver Nuggets broke into a brawl during their game in Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks_sentence_239

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. New York Knicks_sentence_240

With a tie game and 0.1 seconds left on the game clock in double overtime, Jamal Crawford inbounded from the sideline, near half-court. New York Knicks_sentence_241

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. New York Knicks_sentence_242

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. New York Knicks_sentence_243

Because of this rule, the rarity of Lee's play increases. New York Knicks_sentence_244

The Knicks won, 111–109 in double overtime. New York Knicks_sentence_245

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. New York Knicks_sentence_246

During the 2007 off-season, the organization became embroiled in further controversy away from the basketball court. New York Knicks_sentence_247

Anucha Browne Sanders, a former Knicks executive, had filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Isiah Thomas and Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks_sentence_248

Faced with a trial, the jury returned a verdict finding Thomas and Madison Square Garden liable for sexual harassment. New York Knicks_sentence_249

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. New York Knicks_sentence_250

The ordeal proved embarrassing for the franchise, revealing sordid details about Knicks management and the environment at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks_sentence_251

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. New York Knicks_sentence_252

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. New York Knicks_sentence_253

This matched their third-largest margin of defeat. New York Knicks_sentence_254

New York went on to post an eighth consecutive losing season and tied the franchise mark for their worst record ever, at 23–59. New York Knicks_sentence_255

2008–2010: Rebuilding New York Knicks_section_9

MSG chairman James Dolan hired former Indiana Pacers President Donnie Walsh on April 2, 2008 to take over Isiah Thomas's role as team president. New York Knicks_sentence_256

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. New York Knicks_sentence_257

Upon the conclusion of the 2007–2008 regular season, Walsh fired Thomas, and on May 13, 2008, officially named former Phoenix Suns head coach Mike D'Antoni as head coach. New York Knicks_sentence_258

D'Antoni signed a four-year, $24 million deal to coach the team. New York Knicks_sentence_259

The Knicks, holding the sixth pick in the 2008 NBA draft, selected Danilo Gallinari on May 20, 2008. New York Knicks_sentence_260

On November 21, 2008, the Knicks dealt one of their top scorers, Jamal Crawford, to the Golden State Warriors for Al Harrington. New York Knicks_sentence_261

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. New York Knicks_sentence_262

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. New York Knicks_sentence_263

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. New York Knicks_sentence_264

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. New York Knicks_sentence_265

In the 2009 NBA draft, the Knicks selected forward Jordan Hill eighth after targets such as Stephen Curry, Jonny Flynn, and Ricky Rubio were off the board. New York Knicks_sentence_266

Guard Toney Douglas was then selected with a 29th overall pick, which was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers. New York Knicks_sentence_267

Shortly afterwards, New York executed a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies in which the Knicks acquired Darko Miličić in exchange for Quentin Richardson. New York Knicks_sentence_268

The Knicks got off to their worst ten-game start in franchise history, producing nine losses, with just one win. New York Knicks_sentence_269

The Knicks responded by winning nine games and losing six in December. New York Knicks_sentence_270

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. New York Knicks_sentence_271

The 50-point loss was also the second-worst in Knicks franchise history. New York Knicks_sentence_272

On February 17, the Knicks shook up the roster, trading Miličić to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Brian Cardinal and cash considerations. New York Knicks_sentence_273

A day later, the Knicks and Celtics swapped guard Nate Robinson for shooting guard Eddie House. New York Knicks_sentence_274

The deal also included forward Marcus Landry going to the Celtics and the Knicks acquiring bench players J. New York Knicks_sentence_275 R. Giddens and Bill Walker. New York Knicks_sentence_276

The Knicks also acquired All-Star forward Tracy McGrady from the Houston Rockets and point guard Sergio Rodríguez from the Sacramento Kings in a three-way trade. New York Knicks_sentence_277

The deal sent Knicks shooting guard Larry Hughes to Sacramento and forward Jordan Hill and power forward Jared Jeffries to Houston. New York Knicks_sentence_278

The trades, orchestrated to give the Knicks more cap space for the summer of 2010, netted the Knicks $30 million of cap space. New York Knicks_sentence_279

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. New York Knicks_sentence_280

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. New York Knicks_sentence_281

2010–2013: Arrival of Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks_section_10

The Knicks and former Phoenix Suns forward-center Amar'e Stoudemire came to an agreement on July 5, 2010. New York Knicks_sentence_282

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. New York Knicks_sentence_283

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. New York Knicks_sentence_284

The Knicks continued to redesign their roster, trading David Lee to the Golden State Warriors for Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf. New York Knicks_sentence_285

The Knicks also struck deals with former Bobcats point guard Raymond Felton and Russian center Timofey Mozgov. New York Knicks_sentence_286

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. New York Knicks_sentence_287

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. New York Knicks_sentence_288

In spite of the team's mounting success, New York made a push to acquire Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony. New York Knicks_sentence_289

After months of speculation, on February 22, 2011, Anthony was traded to New York, with teammates Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and former Knicks player Renaldo Balkman. New York Knicks_sentence_290

Denver acquired Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Mozgov, Kosta Koufos, a 2014 first-round draft pick, the Warriors' second-round draft picks for 2013 and 2014 and $3 million in cash. New York Knicks_sentence_291

In addition, the Knicks sent Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to the Minnesota Timberwolves and in return the Timberwolves' Corey Brewer was sent to the Knicks. New York Knicks_sentence_292

The Knicks clinched their first playoff berth since the 2004 NBA Playoffs in a rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 3, 2011. New York Knicks_sentence_293

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. New York Knicks_sentence_294

The Knicks were ultimately eliminated from contention in the first round on April 24, 2011 by the Boston Celtics, losing the series 0–4. New York Knicks_sentence_295

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. New York Knicks_sentence_296

Glen Grunwald was elected as interim president and general manager. New York Knicks_sentence_297

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. New York Knicks_sentence_298

In return, the Knicks sent Andy Rautins to the Mavericks, generating a trade exception for Dallas. New York Knicks_sentence_299

Ronny Turiaf and $3 million in cash considerations were sent to the Wizards to complete the three-way trade. New York Knicks_sentence_300

The Knicks also obtained the draft rights to Ahmad Nivins and Georgios Printezis from Dallas. New York Knicks_sentence_301

In order to fit Chandler under the salary cap, Chauncey Billups was earlier waived under the amnesty clause of the new collective bargaining agreement. New York Knicks_sentence_302

To replace Billups at point guard, the Knicks signed Mike Bibby to a one-year, veteran minimum contract. New York Knicks_sentence_303

The Knicks also signed veteran point guard Baron Davis on December 19 to a one-year contract. New York Knicks_sentence_304

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. New York Knicks_sentence_305

The Knicks struggled early in the season because Douglas and Bibby struggled to facilitate the offense and subsequently, it became stagnated. New York Knicks_sentence_306

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. New York Knicks_sentence_307

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. New York Knicks_sentence_308

With the Knicks struggling to an 8–15 record, D'Antoni inserted third-string point guard Jeremy Lin into the rotation against the New Jersey Nets on February 4, 2012. New York Knicks_sentence_309

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. New York Knicks_sentence_310

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. New York Knicks_sentence_311

Lin, exceeding expectations, was named the starter for the Knicks following a game against the Utah Jazz. New York Knicks_sentence_312

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. New York Knicks_sentence_313

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'. New York Knicks_sentence_314

To bolster their depth and perimeter shooting percentage, the Knicks signed J. New York Knicks_sentence_315 R. Smith on February 18, 2012. New York Knicks_sentence_316

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. New York Knicks_sentence_317

Assistant Mike Woodson was named the interim head coach. New York Knicks_sentence_318

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. New York Knicks_sentence_319

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. New York Knicks_sentence_320

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. New York Knicks_sentence_321

The team's struggles were partially attributed to injuries as Jeremy Lin, Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert were all sidelined by knee ailments. New York Knicks_sentence_322

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. New York Knicks_sentence_323

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. New York Knicks_sentence_324

The Knicks began their off-season by selecting Greek forward Kostas Papanikolaou in the 2012 NBA draft. New York Knicks_sentence_325

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. New York Knicks_sentence_326

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. New York Knicks_sentence_327

The Knicks also re-signed free agents J. New York Knicks_sentence_328 R. Smith and Steve Novak and added more players to the roster, such as James White, Chris Copeland, and Argentinian point guard Pablo Prigioni. New York Knicks_sentence_329

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. New York Knicks_sentence_330

The Knicks decided not to match those teams' offers. New York Knicks_sentence_331

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. New York Knicks_sentence_332 R. Smith, on August 1, 2012. New York Knicks_sentence_333

It was also announced that Rasheed Wallace would come out of retirement to play for the Knicks on October 2, 2012. New York Knicks_sentence_334

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. New York Knicks_sentence_335

In their first four games, they scored at least 100 points and won by double digits in all of those games. New York Knicks_sentence_336

The streak ended after a 10-point loss to Memphis Grizzlies. New York Knicks_sentence_337

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. New York Knicks_sentence_338

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. New York Knicks_sentence_339

The Knicks finished November with an 11–4 record, their best month record since going 11–6 in March 2000. New York Knicks_sentence_340

By the All-Star break in mid-February 2013, the Knicks compiled a 32–18 record, good for second in the Eastern Conference. New York Knicks_sentence_341

On February 21, on the trade deadline, the team traded Ronnie Brewer for a 2014 second-round draft pick. New York Knicks_sentence_342

The Knicks then signed veteran power forward Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract. New York Knicks_sentence_343

In late March, the Knicks went on to compile a four-game losing streak, tying their worst skid of the season. New York Knicks_sentence_344

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. New York Knicks_sentence_345

This was the third-longest winning streak in franchise history. New York Knicks_sentence_346

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. New York Knicks_sentence_347

The Knicks' 13-game winning streak came to an end on April 11 as they lost to the Chicago Bulls. New York Knicks_sentence_348

Despite that, they set the NBA single season record for three-pointers. New York Knicks_sentence_349

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. New York Knicks_sentence_350

On May 18, the Knicks were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs, losing the series to the Indiana Pacers 4–2. New York Knicks_sentence_351

Point guard Jason Kidd retired following the end of the season—he was named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets a few days later. New York Knicks_sentence_352

In the 2013 NBA draft, the Knicks selected Tim Hardaway Jr. as the 24th pick in the first round. New York Knicks_sentence_353

During the 2013 off-season, The Knicks claimed Los Angeles Lakers F Metta World Peace off of waivers. New York Knicks_sentence_354

They re-signed J. R. Smith to a 3-year, $18 million deal and traded Quentin Richardson, Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, and three draft picks to acquire Andrea Bargnani from the Toronto Raptors. New York Knicks_sentence_355

2013–2017: Phil Jackson era New York Knicks_section_11

The Knicks also saw changes to business operations in late 2013, replacing general manager Glen Grunwald with former MSG president Steve Mills. New York Knicks_sentence_356

The Knicks also purchased an NBA D-League team located White Plains, which began operations at the start of the 2014–15 NBDL season. New York Knicks_sentence_357

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. New York Knicks_sentence_358

Following the 2013–14 season, coach Mike Woodson and his entire staff were fired, and was replaced by Derek Fisher. New York Knicks_sentence_359

Fisher played under Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships with the franchise. New York Knicks_sentence_360

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. New York Knicks_sentence_361

Anthony recorded 62 points and 13 rebounds in a victory against the Charlotte Bobcats. New York Knicks_sentence_362

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. New York Knicks_sentence_363

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. New York Knicks_sentence_364

In the off-season, the Knicks traded controversial guard Raymond Felton, along with former NBA defensive player of the year, Tyson Chandler, to the Dallas Mavericks. New York Knicks_sentence_365

In return, the Knicks received Shane Larkin, José Calderón, Samuel Dalembert, and Wayne Ellington along with two picks for the 2014 NBA draft. New York Knicks_sentence_366

The trade was the first one that Jackson ever executed as a front office executive. New York Knicks_sentence_367

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. New York Knicks_sentence_368

The Knicks also acquired Louis Labeyrie, an additional second-round draft pick, in a trade with the Indiana Pacers for cash considerations. New York Knicks_sentence_369

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. New York Knicks_sentence_370

This record was extended to 16th consecutive losses, after the NBA Global Games loss against the Milwaukee Bucks in London. New York Knicks_sentence_371

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. New York Knicks_sentence_372

The Knicks also bought out Amar'e Stoudemire's $100 million contract a season early. New York Knicks_sentence_373

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. New York Knicks_sentence_374

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. New York Knicks_sentence_375

Jeff Hornacek was then hired as their next head coach, which also oversaw Jackson's most notable acts as an executive. New York Knicks_sentence_376

On June 22, former NBA MVP Derrick Rose was traded, along with Justin Holiday and a second-round pick from Chicago, to New York in exchange for Robin Lopez, José Calderón and Grant. New York Knicks_sentence_377

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. New York Knicks_sentence_378

Under Jackson's presidency, the Knicks had gone 80–166, suffered three consecutive losing seasons, and missed three consecutive playoffs. New York Knicks_sentence_379

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. New York Knicks_sentence_380

2017–present: Struggles and further rebuilding New York Knicks_section_12

Following Jackson's departure, the Knicks appointed Scott Perry as general manager and named Steve Mills president of basketball operations. New York Knicks_sentence_381

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. New York Knicks_sentence_382

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. New York Knicks_sentence_383

Anthony intended to join the Rockets, with a three-way trade with the Portland Trail Blazers set up involving Ryan Anderson. New York Knicks_sentence_384

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. New York Knicks_sentence_385

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. New York Knicks_sentence_386

The Knicks also re-signed Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four-year, $71 million contract, while also agreeing to a one-year, minimum contract with Michael Beasley. New York Knicks_sentence_387

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. New York Knicks_sentence_388

The trade also included the Dallas Mavericks, with Dallas acquiring McDermott from the Knicks, and the Nuggets obtaining Devin Harris from Dallas. New York Knicks_sentence_389

However, the season again ended poorly, with 29–53 record to leave the Knicks as the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference. New York Knicks_sentence_390

This caused the Knicks to part ways with head coach Jeff Hornacek. New York Knicks_sentence_391

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. New York Knicks_sentence_392

He was replaced with former Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale. New York Knicks_sentence_393

Fizdale signed a four-year deal, and was tasked to deliver on player development and improving the team's basketball philosophy. New York Knicks_sentence_394

On May 15, 2018, the Knicks were awarded the ninth overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, and selected Kevin Knox from the Kentucky. New York Knicks_sentence_395

The team also acquired Mitchell Robinson with the 36th overall pick, and signed former lottery pick Mario Hezonja. New York Knicks_sentence_396

They further invested in untapped potential by signing another former lottery pick, with Noah Vonleh agreeing to a one year deal. New York Knicks_sentence_397

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. New York Knicks_sentence_398

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. New York Knicks_sentence_399

The Knicks won the third overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, and selected RJ Barrett from Duke. New York Knicks_sentence_400

The team also traded for forward Iggy Brazdeikis, who was drafted in the second round from Michigan. New York Knicks_sentence_401

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. New York Knicks_sentence_402

The Knicks agreed terms with veteran role players Wayne Ellington and Taj Gibson, with forward Bobby Portis also signing. New York Knicks_sentence_403

The team then signed former lottery picks Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle. New York Knicks_sentence_404

On February 4, 2020, the Knicks fired Steve Mills after seven seasons as president with Scott Perry taking over on an interim basis. New York Knicks_sentence_405

On March 2, Leon Rose was named president of the team. New York Knicks_sentence_406

Season-by-season record New York Knicks_section_13

List of the last five seasons completed by the Knicks. New York Knicks_sentence_407

For the full season-by-season history, see List of New York Knicks seasons. New York Knicks_sentence_408

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Winning Percentage; New York Knicks_sentence_409

New York Knicks_table_general_0

SeasonNew York Knicks_cell_0_0_0 GPNew York Knicks_cell_0_0_1 WNew York Knicks_cell_0_0_2 LNew York Knicks_cell_0_0_3 W–L%New York Knicks_cell_0_0_4 FinishNew York Knicks_cell_0_0_5 PlayoffsNew York Knicks_cell_0_0_6
2015–16New York Knicks_cell_0_1_0 82New York Knicks_cell_0_1_1 32New York Knicks_cell_0_1_2 50New York Knicks_cell_0_1_3 .390New York Knicks_cell_0_1_4 3rd, AtlanticNew York Knicks_cell_0_1_5 Did not qualifyNew York Knicks_cell_0_1_6
2016–17New York Knicks_cell_0_2_0 82New York Knicks_cell_0_2_1 31New York Knicks_cell_0_2_2 51New York Knicks_cell_0_2_3 .378New York Knicks_cell_0_2_4 3rd, AtlanticNew York Knicks_cell_0_2_5 Did not qualifyNew York Knicks_cell_0_2_6
2017–18New York Knicks_cell_0_3_0 82New York Knicks_cell_0_3_1 29New York Knicks_cell_0_3_2 53New York Knicks_cell_0_3_3 .354New York Knicks_cell_0_3_4 4th, AtlanticNew York Knicks_cell_0_3_5 Did not qualifyNew York Knicks_cell_0_3_6
2018–19New York Knicks_cell_0_4_0 82New York Knicks_cell_0_4_1 17New York Knicks_cell_0_4_2 65New York Knicks_cell_0_4_3 .207New York Knicks_cell_0_4_4 5th, AtlanticNew York Knicks_cell_0_4_5 Did not qualifyNew York Knicks_cell_0_4_6
2019-20New York Knicks_cell_0_5_0 66New York Knicks_cell_0_5_1 21New York Knicks_cell_0_5_2 45New York Knicks_cell_0_5_3 .318New York Knicks_cell_0_5_4 5th, AtlanticNew York Knicks_cell_0_5_5 Did not qualifyNew York Knicks_cell_0_5_6

Logos and uniforms New York Knicks_section_14

1946–1964: Father Knickerbocker era New York Knicks_section_15

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. New York Knicks_sentence_410

It was designed by New York World-Telegram cartoonist Willard Mullin. New York Knicks_sentence_411

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. New York Knicks_sentence_412

The first iterations contain monotone lettering in blue (home) and orange (away) lettering, with the addition of a checkerboard pattern during the mid-1950s. New York Knicks_sentence_413

1964–1992: The Classic roundball era New York Knicks_section_16

The Knicks would introduce an iconic logo that would endure for the next three decades. New York Knicks_sentence_414

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. New York Knicks_sentence_415

An alternate logo featuring the full team name inside an orange basketball was used during the late 1960s and into the 1970s. New York Knicks_sentence_416

As the 1960s began, the Knicks updated their uniforms again. New York Knicks_sentence_417

This time the lettering is in serifed fonts, and the blue lettering and numbers on the home uniforms are now trimmed in orange. New York Knicks_sentence_418

The away uniforms maintained the orange lettering but added white trim; it later changed to white letters while adding white trim on the piping. New York Knicks_sentence_419

Side stripes were also added to the uniform. New York Knicks_sentence_420

The 'NY' monogram is on the left leg of the shorts. New York Knicks_sentence_421

1968–1979; 1983–1997: Championship era uniforms New York Knicks_section_17

The Knicks unveiled a uniform that would stay for three decades. New York Knicks_sentence_422

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. New York Knicks_sentence_423

The home uniforms would debut in 1968, while the away uniforms debuted the following year. New York Knicks_sentence_424

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. New York Knicks_sentence_425

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. New York Knicks_sentence_426

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. New York Knicks_sentence_427

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. New York Knicks_sentence_428

The shorts number was eliminated in 1987, while variations of the 'Roundball Logo' replaced the 'NY' logo from 1991 to 1997. New York Knicks_sentence_429

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. New York Knicks_sentence_430

1979–1983: Maroon era uniforms New York Knicks_section_18

At the beginning of the 1980s, the Knicks radically changed their uniforms. New York Knicks_sentence_431

Royal blue and orange were replaced by navy and maroon. New York Knicks_sentence_432

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. New York Knicks_sentence_433

Navy away uniforms continue to feature the city name but below the white and maroon number. New York Knicks_sentence_434

The interlocking 'NY' logo debuted on the shorts, with the addition of player numbers and side stripes during the 1981–82 season. New York Knicks_sentence_435

The change to maroon and navy was initiated by then-team president E. New York Knicks_sentence_436 Michael Burke, whose alma mater University of Pennsylvania wore those colors. New York Knicks_sentence_437

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. New York Knicks_sentence_438

1992–2012: New look era New York Knicks_section_19

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. New York Knicks_sentence_439

The "New Look" logo was designed by Tom O'Grady. New York Knicks_sentence_440

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. New York Knicks_sentence_441

Black was also introduced as an accent color. New York Knicks_sentence_442

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. New York Knicks_sentence_443

A home white version of this uniform was introduced for the 1997–98 season, effectively retiring the championship era uniforms. New York Knicks_sentence_444

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. New York Knicks_sentence_445

2012–present: Modern era New York Knicks_section_20

The Knicks updated their "New Look Logo", this time eliminating the color black from the scheme. New York Knicks_sentence_446

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. New York Knicks_sentence_447

A more subtle and bolder 'New York' script was introduced, while the uniform piping stopped until the lettering. New York Knicks_sentence_448

The phrase Once A Knick, Always A Knick is added on the uniform collar. New York Knicks_sentence_449

Gray became the accent color. New York Knicks_sentence_450

In addition, an updated version of their 1970s secondary logo, this time featuring only the team name, was introduced. New York Knicks_sentence_451

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. New York Knicks_sentence_452

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. New York Knicks_sentence_453

Beginning with the 2017–18 season, Nike will be the NBA's new uniform provider. New York Knicks_sentence_454

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. New York Knicks_sentence_455

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. New York Knicks_sentence_456

From 2017 to 2019, the Knicks' "Statement" uniform featured a white base with lettering in orange with white and blue trim. New York Knicks_sentence_457

The striping was inspired from the team's 1970s-era uniforms. New York Knicks_sentence_458

In the 2019–20 season, the Knicks changed their Statement uniform to a blue base and white lettering with blue and orange trim. New York Knicks_sentence_459

The white letters were a nod to the team's 1960s blue uniforms. New York Knicks_sentence_460

As with the previous "Statement" uniform, the striping was based on the team's 1970s uniforms. New York Knicks_sentence_461

Special uniforms New York Knicks_section_21

The Knicks have also worn special edition uniforms every March as part of the NBA's Noche Latina events and during St. New York Knicks_sentence_462 Patrick's Day. New York Knicks_sentence_463

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. New York Knicks_sentence_464

In the 2015–16 season, the Knicks used a variation of their away blue uniform for Noche Latina. New York Knicks_sentence_465

The Saint Patrick's Day uniforms used the road uniform template except for green substituting for the blue base. New York Knicks_sentence_466

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. New York Knicks_sentence_467

The St. Patrick's uniforms were shelved after the 2011–12 season. New York Knicks_sentence_468

On Christmas Day 2012, the Knicks wore monochrome uniforms known as 'Big Color'. New York Knicks_sentence_469

The uniforms are mostly orange, with blue trimming. New York Knicks_sentence_470

The following year, the Knicks wore sleeved orange uniforms known as 'Big Logo', featuring a chrome-treated Knicks logo in front. New York Knicks_sentence_471

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. New York Knicks_sentence_472

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. New York Knicks_sentence_473

As part of its deal with Nike, a special "City" uniform would be used to pay tribute to either local culture or team traditions. New York Knicks_sentence_474

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." New York Knicks_sentence_475

for New York City, pays homage to the city's firefighters and their families. New York Knicks_sentence_476

It was designed in collaboration with the Knicks, the NBA, Nike and the Uniformed Firefighters Association. New York Knicks_sentence_477

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. New York Knicks_sentence_478

The blue and orange arm striping was inspired from the team's 1950s uniforms. New York Knicks_sentence_479

The Knicks initially debuted the uniform in the 2018–19 season, and was retained the following season. New York Knicks_sentence_480

Throwback uniforms New York Knicks_section_22

The Knicks were one of several NBA teams to wear throwback uniforms during the league's 50th anniversary in the 1996–97 season. New York Knicks_sentence_481

The throwback set they wore that season represented the franchise's first season in 1946–47. New York Knicks_sentence_482

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). New York Knicks_sentence_483

In the 2004–05 season the Knicks wore throwback white uniforms from the "maroon era" of the early 1980s. New York Knicks_sentence_484

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. New York Knicks_sentence_485

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). New York Knicks_sentence_486

For the 2007–08 season, the Knicks wore their classic white uniforms as a tribute to the early 1970s championship teams. New York Knicks_sentence_487

As with the "maroon era" throwbacks, the player's name no longer appeared in a vertical arch and were smaller in size. New York Knicks_sentence_488

In addition, the original "roundball" logo was added (the original uniforms had no logo on the shorts). New York Knicks_sentence_489

The 2010–11 season saw the Knicks wear the blue uniforms to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1969–70 championship team. New York Knicks_sentence_490

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. New York Knicks_sentence_491

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. New York Knicks_sentence_492

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. New York Knicks_sentence_493

Players New York Knicks_section_23

Current roster New York Knicks_section_24

Retained draft rights New York Knicks_section_25

The Knicks hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. New York Knicks_sentence_494

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. New York Knicks_sentence_495

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. New York Knicks_sentence_496

This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams. New York Knicks_sentence_497

New York Knicks_table_general_1

DraftNew York Knicks_header_cell_1_0_0 RoundNew York Knicks_header_cell_1_0_1 PickNew York Knicks_header_cell_1_0_2 PlayerNew York Knicks_header_cell_1_0_3 Pos.New York Knicks_header_cell_1_0_4 NationalityNew York Knicks_header_cell_1_0_5 Current teamNew York Knicks_header_cell_1_0_6 Note(s)New York Knicks_header_cell_1_0_7 RefNew York Knicks_header_cell_1_0_8
2017New York Knicks_cell_1_1_0 2New York Knicks_cell_1_1_1 50New York Knicks_cell_1_1_2 Mathias LessortNew York Knicks_cell_1_1_3 GNew York Knicks_cell_1_1_4 FranceNew York Knicks_cell_1_1_5 AS Monaco (France)New York Knicks_cell_1_1_6 Acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers (via Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves)New York Knicks_cell_1_1_7 New York Knicks_cell_1_1_8
2017New York Knicks_cell_1_2_0 2New York Knicks_cell_1_2_1 58New York Knicks_cell_1_2_2 Ognjen JaramazNew York Knicks_cell_1_2_3 GNew York Knicks_cell_1_2_4 SerbiaNew York Knicks_cell_1_2_5 Partizan NIS (Serbia)New York Knicks_cell_1_2_6 New York Knicks_cell_1_2_7 New York Knicks_cell_1_2_8
2014New York Knicks_cell_1_3_0 2New York Knicks_cell_1_3_1 57New York Knicks_cell_1_3_2 Louis LabeyrieNew York Knicks_cell_1_3_3 F/CNew York Knicks_cell_1_3_4 FranceNew York Knicks_cell_1_3_5 Valencia (Spain)New York Knicks_cell_1_3_6 Acquired from the Indiana PacersNew York Knicks_cell_1_3_7 New York Knicks_cell_1_3_8
2009New York Knicks_cell_1_4_0 2New York Knicks_cell_1_4_1 34New York Knicks_cell_1_4_2 Sergio LlullNew York Knicks_cell_1_4_3 GNew York Knicks_cell_1_4_4 SpainNew York Knicks_cell_1_4_5 Real Madrid (Spain)New York Knicks_cell_1_4_6 Acquired from the Denver Nuggets (via Houston Rockets)New York Knicks_cell_1_4_7 New York Knicks_cell_1_4_8
2009New York Knicks_cell_1_5_0 2New York Knicks_cell_1_5_1 56New York Knicks_cell_1_5_2 Ahmad NivinsNew York Knicks_cell_1_5_3 FNew York Knicks_cell_1_5_4 United StatesNew York Knicks_cell_1_5_5 Free agentNew York Knicks_cell_1_5_6 Acquired from the Dallas MavericksNew York Knicks_cell_1_5_7 New York Knicks_cell_1_5_8
2008New York Knicks_cell_1_6_0 2New York Knicks_cell_1_6_1 44New York Knicks_cell_1_6_2 Ante TomićNew York Knicks_cell_1_6_3 CNew York Knicks_cell_1_6_4 CroatiaNew York Knicks_cell_1_6_5 Joventut Badalona (Spain)New York Knicks_cell_1_6_6 Acquired from the Utah JazzNew York Knicks_cell_1_6_7 New York Knicks_cell_1_6_8
2008New York Knicks_cell_1_7_0 2New York Knicks_cell_1_7_1 53New York Knicks_cell_1_7_2 Tadija DragićevićNew York Knicks_cell_1_7_3 FNew York Knicks_cell_1_7_4 SerbiaNew York Knicks_cell_1_7_5 Free agentNew York Knicks_cell_1_7_6 Acquired from the Chicago Bulls (via Houston Rockets)New York Knicks_cell_1_7_7 New York Knicks_cell_1_7_8

Retired numbers New York Knicks_section_26

See also: List of National Basketball Association retired jersey numbers New York Knicks_sentence_498

New York Knicks_table_general_2

New York Knicks retired numbersNew York Knicks_table_caption_2
No.New York Knicks_header_cell_2_0_0 PlayerNew York Knicks_header_cell_2_0_1 PositionNew York Knicks_header_cell_2_0_2 TenureNew York Knicks_header_cell_2_0_3 DateNew York Knicks_header_cell_2_0_4
10New York Knicks_header_cell_2_1_0 Walt FrazierNew York Knicks_cell_2_1_1 GNew York Knicks_cell_2_1_2 1967–1977New York Knicks_cell_2_1_3 December 15, 1979New York Knicks_cell_2_1_4
12New York Knicks_header_cell_2_2_0 Dick BarnettNew York Knicks_cell_2_2_1 GNew York Knicks_cell_2_2_2 1965–1974New York Knicks_cell_2_2_3 March 10, 1990New York Knicks_cell_2_2_4
15New York Knicks_header_cell_2_3_0 Earl MonroeNew York Knicks_cell_2_3_1 GNew York Knicks_cell_2_3_2 1972–1980New York Knicks_cell_2_3_3 March 1, 1986New York Knicks_cell_2_3_4
Dick McGuireNew York Knicks_cell_2_4_0 GNew York Knicks_cell_2_4_1 1949–1957New York Knicks_cell_2_4_2 March 14, 1992New York Knicks_cell_2_4_3
19New York Knicks_header_cell_2_5_0 Willis ReedNew York Knicks_cell_2_5_1 CNew York Knicks_cell_2_5_2 1964–1974New York Knicks_cell_2_5_3 October 21, 1976New York Knicks_cell_2_5_4
22New York Knicks_header_cell_2_6_0 Dave DeBusschereNew York Knicks_cell_2_6_1 FNew York Knicks_cell_2_6_2 1969–1974New York Knicks_cell_2_6_3 March 24, 1981New York Knicks_cell_2_6_4
24New York Knicks_header_cell_2_7_0 Bill BradleyNew York Knicks_cell_2_7_1 FNew York Knicks_cell_2_7_2 1967–1977New York Knicks_cell_2_7_3 February 18, 1984New York Knicks_cell_2_7_4
33New York Knicks_header_cell_2_8_0 Patrick EwingNew York Knicks_cell_2_8_1 CNew York Knicks_cell_2_8_2 1985–2000New York Knicks_cell_2_8_3 February 28, 2003New York Knicks_cell_2_8_4
613New York Knicks_header_cell_2_9_0 Red HolzmanNew York Knicks_cell_2_9_1 New York Knicks_cell_2_9_2 1967–1977

1978–1982New York Knicks_cell_2_9_3

March 10, 1990New York Knicks_cell_2_9_4

Notes: New York Knicks_sentence_499

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  • Also served as a broadcaster.New York Knicks_item_0_0
  • Also served as head coach (1965–1968) and scouting director.New York Knicks_item_0_1
  • Also served as head coach (1977–1978).New York Knicks_item_0_2
  • As head coach; the number represents his 613 victories coaching the Knicks.New York Knicks_item_0_3
  • Number retired twice, first for Monroe and 6 years later for McGuire.New York Knicks_item_0_4

Basketball Hall of Famers New York Knicks_section_27

New York Knicks_table_general_3

CoachesNew York Knicks_table_caption_3
NameNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_0_0 PositionNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_0_2 TenureNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_0_3 InductedNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_0_4 NameNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_0_5 PositionNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_0_7 TenureNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_0_8 InductedNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_0_9
613New York Knicks_cell_3_1_0 Red HolzmanNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_1_1 CoachNew York Knicks_cell_3_1_2 1967–1977

1978–1982New York Knicks_cell_3_1_3

1986New York Knicks_cell_3_1_4 Lenny WilkensNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_1_5 CoachNew York Knicks_cell_3_1_7 2004–2005New York Knicks_cell_3_1_8 1998New York Knicks_cell_3_1_9
Larry BrownNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_2_0 CoachNew York Knicks_cell_3_2_2 2005–2006New York Knicks_cell_3_2_3 2002New York Knicks_cell_3_2_4 Pat RileyNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_2_5 CoachNew York Knicks_cell_3_2_7 1991–1995New York Knicks_cell_3_2_8 2008New York Knicks_cell_3_2_9
Don NelsonNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_3_0 CoachNew York Knicks_cell_3_3_2 1995–1996New York Knicks_cell_3_3_3 2012New York Knicks_cell_3_3_4 Rick PitinoNew York Knicks_header_cell_3_3_5 CoachNew York Knicks_cell_3_3_7 1987–1989New York Knicks_cell_3_3_8 2013New York Knicks_cell_3_3_9

New York Knicks_table_general_4

ContributorsNew York Knicks_table_caption_4
NameNew York Knicks_header_cell_4_0_0 PositionNew York Knicks_header_cell_4_0_2 TenureNew York Knicks_header_cell_4_0_3 InductedNew York Knicks_header_cell_4_0_4
Hubie BrownNew York Knicks_header_cell_4_1_0 CoachNew York Knicks_cell_4_1_2 1982–1986New York Knicks_cell_4_1_3 2005New York Knicks_cell_4_1_4

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  • In total, Ewing was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as player and as a member of the 1992 Olympic team.New York Knicks_item_1_5
  • 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.New York Knicks_item_1_6
  • In total, Lucas was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as player and as a member of the 1960 Olympic team.New York Knicks_item_1_7
  • In total, Bellamy was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as player and as a member of the 1960 Olympic team.New York Knicks_item_1_8
  • Also served as assistant coach (1983–1985).New York Knicks_item_1_9
  • Also served as head coach (1965–1966).New York Knicks_item_1_10
  • Also served as head coach (1959–1961).New York Knicks_item_1_11

All-Star Game selections New York Knicks_section_28

The following Knicks players were selected to the NBA All-Star Game. New York Knicks_sentence_501

Staff New York Knicks_section_29

Management New York Knicks_section_30

Steve Mills served as general manager and president during the 2013–14 season. New York Knicks_sentence_502

At the end of the 2013–14 season Phil Jackson replaced Mills as team's president. New York Knicks_sentence_503

He was reinstated as president in 2017, with Scott Perry replacing him as general manager. New York Knicks_sentence_504

Head coaches New York Knicks_section_31

Main article: List of New York Knicks head coaches New York Knicks_sentence_505

Franchise leaders New York Knicks_section_32

Bold denotes still active with team. New York Knicks_sentence_506

Italic denotes still active, but not with team. New York Knicks_sentence_507

Points scored (regular season) as of the end of the 2019–20 season New York Knicks_sentence_508

Other statistics (regular season) as of the end of the 2019–20 season New York Knicks_sentence_509

Individual awards New York Knicks_section_33

Rivalries New York Knicks_section_34

Boston Celtics New York Knicks_section_35

Main article: Knicks–Celtics rivalry New York Knicks_sentence_510

The New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics are two of the three remaining teams from the original 1946 NBA (the other is the Golden State Warriors). New York Knicks_sentence_511

The rivalry stems from the old rivalry between the cities of New York City and Boston, as well as the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry. New York Knicks_sentence_512

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. New York Knicks_sentence_513

The teams have met nine times in the postseason. New York Knicks_sentence_514

The last time was in the 2012–13 season, when Carmelo Anthony won the 2013 scoring title and helped them win the Atlantic Division for the first time since 1994. New York Knicks_sentence_515

The Knicks faced the Celtics, who were without Rajon Rondo because of a mid-season injury, in the 1st round of the 2013 playoffs. New York Knicks_sentence_516

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. New York Knicks_sentence_517

Knicks gained a 3–0 lead in the series, but Boston avoided elimination in games 4 and 5. New York Knicks_sentence_518

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. New York Knicks_sentence_519

Brooklyn Nets New York Knicks_section_36

Main article: Knicks–Nets rivalry New York Knicks_sentence_520

The Brooklyn Nets, formerly the New Jersey Nets, are the Knicks' closest rival geographically. New York Knicks_sentence_521

Both teams play in New York City, with the Knicks in Manhattan and the Nets in Brooklyn. New York Knicks_sentence_522

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. New York Knicks_sentence_523

Historically, the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn competed via the Dodgers–Giants rivalry, when the two teams were known as the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. New York Knicks_sentence_524

Like the Knicks and Nets, the Giants and Dodgers played in Manhattan and Brooklyn, respectively, and were fierce divisional rivals. New York Knicks_sentence_525

The rivalry between the New York Islanders and New York Rangers of the National Hockey League also have this distinction when the Islanders moved to Brooklyn in 2015. New York Knicks_sentence_526

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". New York Knicks_sentence_527

The Knicks and Nets have met in the playoffs three times, with the Knicks winning two of the three meetings. New York Knicks_sentence_528

The Knicks defeated the Nets in the playoffs in 1983 and 1994, while the Nets won their most recent meeting in 2004. New York Knicks_sentence_529

Chicago Bulls New York Knicks_section_37

Main article: Knicks–Bulls rivalry New York Knicks_sentence_530

The Knicks have a strong rivalry with the Chicago Bulls. New York Knicks_sentence_531

The rivalry's most intense period was during the late 1980s and early 90s, when both teams were huge playoff contenders. New York Knicks_sentence_532

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. New York Knicks_sentence_533

The rivalry was dormant through much of the 2000s, with both teams rebuilding after the retirements of Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan. New York Knicks_sentence_534

However, with the arrival of future NBA MVP Derrick Rose in 2008, the Chicago Bulls began experiencing success once again. New York Knicks_sentence_535

In the summer of 2010, the Bulls signed Carlos Boozer and the Knicks signed Amar'e Stoudemire, making both teams playoff contenders once again. New York Knicks_sentence_536

Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler joined the Knicks soon after, and the rivalry between the two teams appears to have been reborn. New York Knicks_sentence_537

Indiana Pacers New York Knicks_section_38

Main article: Knicks–Pacers rivalry New York Knicks_sentence_538

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. New York Knicks_sentence_539

They met in the playoffs 6 times from 1993 to 2000, fueling a rivalry epitomized by the enmity between Reggie Miller and prominent Knick fan Spike Lee. New York Knicks_sentence_540

Miller likened it to the Hatfield–McCoy feud, and The New York Times said in 1998 that it was "as combustible as any in the league". New York Knicks_sentence_541

The rivalry gave Miller the nickname "The Knick-Killer". New York Knicks_sentence_542

His clutch performances were frequently followed by jabs at Lee like the choke sign, adding fuel to the rivalry. New York Knicks_sentence_543

The rivalry renewed during the 2013 NBA Playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, with Indiana taking the series 4 games to 2. New York Knicks_sentence_544

Miami Heat New York Knicks_section_39

Main article: Knicks–Heat rivalry New York Knicks_sentence_545

The Miami Heat were one of the New York Knicks' strongest inter-divisional foes. New York Knicks_sentence_546

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. New York Knicks_sentence_547

Pat Riley, the head coach of the Miami Heat at the time, served as the head coach of the Knicks from 1991 to 1995 and led the Knicks to the 1994 NBA Finals. New York Knicks_sentence_548

During this four-year span, the Heat and the Knicks each won two playoff series against each other. New York Knicks_sentence_549

The two teams met again in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, for the first time since the 1990s rivalry days. New York Knicks_sentence_550

The Heat won the series, 4–1, and later went on to win the 2012 NBA Finals. New York Knicks_sentence_551

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