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New York Knicks
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic
Founded 1946
(Charter member of the BAA, later NBA)
History New York Knicks
(1946–present)
Arena Madison Square Garden
City New York City
Team Colors Blue, Orange, White and Black
Owner Cablevision
Head Coach Isiah Thomas
Championships 2 (1970, 1973)
Conference Titles 8 (1951, 1952, 1953, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1994, 1999)
Division Titles 8 (1953, 1954, 1970, 1971, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994)

The New York Knicks, short for knickerbockers, are a professional basketball team based in New York City. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Primary logo design: The words "NEW YORK KNICKS" (with "KNICKS" being larger than the other two words) above a basketball on top of an upturned isosceles triangle. The design is featured on the Knicks uniform shorts. This is a modernized version of the "roundball" logo the Knicks have used since 1964.
Other logo designs: The Knicks also use a circular emblem, with the letters NYK, designed to look like a subway token. From the late 1960s to 1990, the Knicks used an orange interlocking NY logo—the same design as on the New York Yankees' jerseys—on their warmup jackets and later their shorts (sometimes within an "apple" silhouette, sometimes by itself); it remains on their throwback-uniform shorts.


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[edit] Franchise history

Image:OldNewYorkKnicksLogo.gif
The classic Knicks "Roundball" logo from 1964 to 1991.

The Knicks are one of only two teams of the original National Basketball Association still located in its original city (the other being the Boston Celtics). The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged in 1949 to form the NBA.

[edit] Early years

The Knicks' (and the BAA's) first game was played on November 1, 1946 against the Toronto Huskies at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, where the Knicks won 68-66. The Knicks were consistent playoff contenders in their early years, thanks to players like Steven And BRian Berman who yes are brother, one of the first 2 players from rye brook players in the league. During the first decade of the NBA's existence, the Knicks made the NBA Finals in three straight years (1951–53), and they were respected by basketball players and fans. For the remainder of the 1950s, the Knicks would field decent, if not spectacular teams, and made the playoffs in 1955, 1956 (where they lost a one-game playoff to the Syracuse Nationals), and 1959.

[edit] Lean years

From 1960 to 1966, the Knicks fell on hard times, and they finished last in the NBA's Eastern Division each year. Some of the biggest losses in Knicks history occurred during this time. One such game occurred on November 15, 1960, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers by a score of 162-100. Another notable loss occurred on March 3, 1962, as the Philadelphia Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain scored a NBA-record 100 points against the Knicks, and the Warriors won the game 169-147.

[edit] Championship years

During the Knicks' slide into futility, there were signs of better things to come. In 1964, the Knicks drafted Willis Reed, who went on to become 1965's NBA Rookie of the Year. In 1967, right after the Knicks made it to the playoffs for the first time since 1959, the Knicks hired Red Holzman as their head coach. With Holzman at the helm, and young players such as Bill Bradley and Walt "Clyde" Frazier, the Knicks were a playoff team again in 1968. The next season, the team acquired Dave DeBusschere from the Detroit Pistons, and the team went 54-28. In the ensuing playoffs, the team made it past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 1953, sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in three games, before falling to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Division finals.

In the 1969–70 season, the Knicks had a then-NBA record 18 straight victories en route to 60-22 record, which was the best regular season record in the team's history. After defeating the Bullets in the Eastern Division semifinals and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Division finals, the Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games to capture their first NBA title. Without question, the defining moment in the series occurred in Game 7, where an injured Reed limped onto the court right before the start of the game. He scored the game's first two baskets before sitting out for the remainder of the contest. Despite his absence for most of the game, Reed's heroics inspired the team, and they won the game by a score of 113-99. The entire starting line up for the 69-70 Knicks had their jerseys retired by the New York Knicks. The jersey's of Walt Clyde Frazier #10, Willis Reed #19, Dave DeBusschere #22, Bill Bradley #24, and Dick Barnett #12 all hang from the rafters at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks' success continued for the next few years. 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. This time the Knicks fell to the Lakers in five games. The next year, the results were reversed, as the Knicks defeated the Lakers in five games to win their second NBA title. The team had one more impressive season in 1973–74, as they reached the Eastern Conference finals, where they fell in five games to the Celtics. It was after this season that Reed announced his retirement, and the team's fortunes took turn for the worse.

[edit] After the championship years

In the 1974–75 season, the Knicks posted a 40–42 record, their first losing record in eight seasons. However, the record still qualified them for a playoff spot, though the Knicks lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round. After two more seasons with losing records, Holzman was replaced behind the bench by Reed. In Reed's first year coaching the team, they posted a 43–39 record and made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they were swept by the Philadelphia 76ers. The next season, after the team got off to a 6–8 start, Holzman was rehired as the team's coach. The team did not fare any better that season, finishing with a 31–51 record, their worst in thirteen years.

After improving to a 39–43 record in the 1979–80 season, the Knicks posted 50–32 record in the 1980–81 season. In the ensuing playoffs, the Chicago Bulls swept them in two games. Holzman retired the following season as one of the winningest coaches in NBA history. The team's record for that year was a dismal 33–49. However, Holzman's legacy would continue through the players he influenced. One of the Knick's bench players and defensive specialists during the 1970s was Phil "Action" Jackson. Jackson went on to coach the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers to nine NBA championships, tied with Red Auerbach for the most in NBA history. Jackson has cited Red Holzman as the best coach he ever played for and a major influence on his coaching philosophy.

Hubie Brown replaced Holzman as coach of the Knicks, and in his first season, the team went 44–38 and make it to the second round of the playoffs, where they were swept by the eventual champion Philadelphia 76ers. The next season, the team, aided by new acquisition Bernard King, improved to a 47–35 record and returned to the playoffs. The team beat the Detroit Pistons in the first round with an overtime win in the fifth and deciding game, before losing in second round once again, this time in seven games to the Celtics. The team's fortunes again turned for the worse the next season, as they lost their last twelve games to finish with a 24–58 record. The first of these losses occurred on March 23, 1985, where King injured his knee and spent the next 24 months in rehabilitation. Some figured that his career would end from this injury, but he proved them wrong and resumed his career near the end of the 1986–87 season.

[edit] Patrick Ewing era

As a result of the Knicks' dismal performance in the 1984–85 season, the team was entered into the first-ever NBA Draft Lottery. The team ended up winning the number one pick in that year's NBA Draft, selecting star center Patrick Ewing of Georgetown University. To this day, there are some who believe that the lottery was fixed, as each of the seven non-playoff teams in the lottery were given an equal chance of receiving the first pick, and the prevailing theory is that the Knicks won based on the fact that they play in the biggest media market in the United States.[citation needed]

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. The team would not fare as well, though, as they posted a 23–59 record in his first season, and a 24–58 record in his second season.

The team's luck changed in the 1987–88 season with the hiring of Rick Pitino as head coach, and selection of point guard Mark Jackson in the draft. Combined with Ewing's consistently stellar play, the Knicks made the playoffs with a record of 38–44, where they lost to the Celtics in the first round. The team would do even better the next season as the team traded backup center Bill Cartwright 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 nearly twenty years. In the playoffs, they defeated the 76ers in the first round before losing to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Before the 1989–90 season began, a couple of major changes occurred. Pitino left the Knicks to coach the University of Kentucky's basketball team and Stu Jackson was named head coach. The Knicks went 45–37 and defeated the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, winning the final three games after losing the first two. They went on to lose to the eventual NBA champion Detroit Pistons in the next round. In the 1990–91 season, the team, who hired John McLeod as head coach early that season, had a 39–43 record and were swept by the eventual NBA champion Bulls.

Sensing that the team needed a better coach in order to become a championship contender, new Knicks president Dave Checketts hired Pat Riley prior to the 1991–92 season. Riley, who coached the Lakers to four NBA titles during the 1980's, taught the Knicks hard, physical defense, and immediately gave them a boost. That season, the team, which now included fan favorite John Starks, posted a 51–31 record, good enough for a first place tie in the Atlantic Division. After defeating the Pistons in the first round of the playoffs, the team battled with the Bulls for seven games, before once again letting the Bulls get the best of them.

The 1992–93 season proved to be even more successful, as the Knicks won the Atlantic Division with a 60–22 record. The team made it to the Eastern Conference finals, where once again they met the Bulls. After taking a two games-to-none lead, the Knicks lost the next four games.

After the Bulls' Michael Jordan made what would be his first retirement from basketball prior to the 1993–94 season, many saw this as an opportunity for the Knicks to finally make it to the NBA Finals. 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. In the playoffs, the team played an NBA-record 25 games; they started by defeating the New Jersey Nets in the first round before finally getting past the Bulls, defeating them in the second round in seven games. In the Eastern Conference Finals, they faced the Indiana Pacers, who at one point held a three games-to-two lead. They had this advantage thanks to the exploits of Reggie Miller, who scored 25 fourth quarter points in Game 5 to lead the Pacers to victory. However, the Knicks won the next two games to reach their first NBA Finals since 1973.

In the finals, the Knicks would play seven low-scoring, defensive games against the Houston Rockets. After splitting the first two games in Houston, the Knicks would win two out of three games at Madison Square Garden and came within one game of winning their first NBA title in 21 years. In Game 6, however, a last-second attempt at a game-winning shot by Starks was tipped by Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon, giving the Rockets an 86–84 victory and forcing a Game 7. The Knicks lost Game 7 90–84, frequently credited to Starks's dismal 2-for-18 shooting performance and Riley's stubborn refusal to bench Starks, despite having bench players who were renowned for their shooting prowess, such as Rolando Blackman and Hubert Davis available.

The next year, the Knicks were second place in the Atlantic Division with a 55–27 record. The team defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers before facing the Pacers again in the second round. The tone for the Knicks–Pacers series was set in Game 1, as Miller once again became a clutch nuisance to the Knicks by scoring eight points in the final 8 seconds of the game to give the Pacers a 107–105 victory. The series went to a Game 7, where Ewing's last-second layup attempt to tie the game missed, giving the Pacers a 97–95 win. Riley resigned the next day, and the Knicks hired Don Nelson as their new head coach.

During the 1995–96 season, Nelson was fired after 59 games, and, instead of going after another well-known coach, the Knicks hired longtime assistant Jeff Van Gundy, who had no prior experience as a head coach. The Knicks ended up with a 47–35 record that year, and swept the Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs before losing to the eventual champion Bulls (who had an NBA record 72 wins in the regular season) in five games.

In the 1996–97 season, the Knicks, with the additions of such players as Larry Johnson and Allan Houston, registered a 57–25 record. 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. The Knicks took a 3–1 lead in the series before a brawl near the end of Game 5 resulted in suspensions of key players. Many of the suspended Knicks players, Ewing in particular, were disciplined not for participating in the altercation itself, but for violating an NBA rule stipulating that a benched player may not leave the bench during a fight (the rule was subsequently amended, making it illegal to leave the "bench area"). With Ewing and Houston suspended for Game 6, Johnson and Starks suspended for Game 7, and Charlie Ward suspended for both, the Knicks lost the series.

The 1997–98 season was marred by a wrist injury to Ewing on December 20, which forced him to miss the rest of the season and much of the playoffs. The team, which had a 43–39 record that season, still managed to defeat the Heat in the first round of the playoffs before having another meeting with the Pacers in the second round. 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 three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation in Game 4, en route to a Pacers victory. For the fourth straight year, the Knicks were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.

Prior to the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season, the Knicks traded 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. J. Carlesimo during the previous season), while also trading Charles Oakley for Marcus Camby. After barely getting into the playoffs with a 27–23 record, the Knicks started an improbable postseason run. It started with the Knicks eliminating the #1 seeded Heat in the first round after Allan Houston bounced in a running one-hander off the front of the rim, high off the backboard, and in with 0.8 seconds left in the deciding 5th game. This remarkable upset marked only the second time in NBA history that an 8-seed had defeated the 1-seed in the NBA playoffs. After defeating the Atlanta Hawks in the second round four games to none, they faced the Pacers yet again in the Eastern Conference Finals. Despite losing Ewing to injury for the rest of the playoffs prior to Game 3, the Knicks won the series (aided in part to a four-point play by Larry Johnson in the final seconds of Game 3) to become the first eighth-seeded playoff team to make it to the NBA Finals. 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. The remarkable fifth game of this Finals is remembered fondly for its 2nd half scoring duel between the Spurs' Tim Duncan and the Knicks' Latrell Spreewell.

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, lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Pacers. 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. Other new changes included the infamous reign of then General Manager Scott Layden, who many have heavily criticized for starting the current downward spiral the Knicks are in. While some of his ideas and signings had proved to be helpful to the Knicks, a lot of fans questioned a lot of his other signings.

[edit] Post-Ewing era decline

Despite the loss of Ewing, the Knicks remained successful in the regular season, as they posted a 48–34 record. In the playoffs, however, they fell in five games to the Toronto Raptors, failing to get past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

Soon, the Knicks began suffering through a steep decline. After starting the season 10–9, the team was stunned on December 8, 2001 by the sudden resignation of Van Gundy. The team, which hired Don Chaney as their new head coach, ended up with a 30–52 record, and for the first time since the 1986–87 season, they did not qualify for the playoffs.

The Knicks attempted to improve during the 2002–03 season by initiating a number of trades and free agent signings. Among these included acquiring guards Shandon Anderson and Howard Eisley, both of which carried expensive, long-term contracts.[1] These moves were criticized by many analysts and Knicks fans, as it was considered that not only were these players overpaid in light of their recent performances, but also because the contracts took up valuable salary-cap space.[2] Such trades heavily contributed to the Knicks sky-rocketing salary-cap, which would burden them in the years to come. The Knicks improved slightly in 2002–03 but still delivered a disappointing season, posting a 37–45 record and failing to qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season.

After a 15–24 start to the 2003–04 season, the Knicks underwent a massive overhaul. Isiah Thomas was named the Knicks' president on December 22, 2003 after the firing of Layden, and eventually replaced Chaney with Lenny Wilkens behind the bench. At the same time, Thomas orchestrated several trades, including one that brought star point guard Stephon Marbury to the team. The team qualifed for the playoffs that year with a 39–43 record, but were swept by the Nets in the first round.

The Knicks fared worse in the 2004–05 season, as they ended up with a 33–49 record. Wilkens resigned during the season, and Herb Williams served as interim coach for the rest of the season. During the off-season, the team signed Larry Brown to a five-year contract worth about $50 million, hoping he would lead the Knicks back to the playoffs.

[edit] The Knicks today

The Knicks' payroll is currently the highest in the league at over $130 million, but the team is among the worst in the NBA, having finished the 2005-06 season with a dismal 23-59 record and "crowned" with the resignation and costly $18.5 million buy-out of unpopular [3] coach Larry Brown. The hiring of Hall-of-Fame player Thomas to replace as general manager the unpopular Scott Layden was seen as a chance for redemption, but Thomas's tenure has not lived up to expectations.

Over the last two years, Thomas' trades have been highly questionable, bringing in overpaid, underperforming players, such as Stephon Marbury, Jamal Crawford, Eddy Curry, Jerome James, Malik Rose, Jalen Rose, Steve Francis and Quentin Richardson. Moreover, Thomas has also accepted many bad contracts to make this trades, such those of Penny Hardaway, Jerome Williams or Maurice Taylor, and gave up draft picks and young talent. To make matters worse, many players who were traded away had career seasons afterwards (such as Tim Thomas and Kurt Thomas, who proved valuable to the Phoenix Suns, equally Antonio McDyess for the Detroit Pistons or Nazr Mohammed, who won a ring with the San Antonio Spurs as their starting center). To Thomas' credit, his draft picks of David Lee, Channing Frye, Trevor Ariza and Nate Robinson are considered wise, as was his signing free agent center Jackie Butler who later signed with the Spurs.

Many in the media view the current state of the New York Knicks as being one of the worst-run franchises in professional sports. A common, tongue-in-cheek statement is that the Knicks have replaced the Los Angeles Clippers as a Leno/Letterman punchline, as the Clippers' formerly inept team is now a playoff contender with young and talented players, while the Knicks have become the poorly-run team of perennial losers.[4][5]

Numerous anti-Knick websites have sprung up, most notably SellTheKnicks.com[6], who organized a march on Madison Square Garden, the home of the Draft, to protest Dolan's abysmal management of the Knicks' players and coaching staff.

[edit] Season-by-season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win-Loss %

Season W L % Playoffs Results
New York Knicks
1946–47 33 27 .550 Won First Round
Lost Conference Finals
New York 2, Cleveland 1
Philadelphia 2, New York 0
1947–48 26 22 .542 Lost First Round Baltimore 2, New York 1
1948–49 32 28 .533 Won First Round
Lost Conference Finals
New York 2, Baltimore 1
Washington 2, New York 1
1949–50 40 28 .588 Won First Round
Lost Conference Finals
New York 2, Washington 0
Syracuse 2, New York 0
1950–51 36 30 .545 Won First Round
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
New York 2, Boston 0
New York 3, Syracuse 2
Rochester 4, New York 3
1951–52 37 29 .561 Won First Round
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
New York 2, Boston 1
New York 3, Syracuse 1
Minneapolis 4, New York 3
1952–53 47 23 .671 Won First Round
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
New York 2, Baltimore 0
New York 3, Boston 1
Minneapolis 4, New York 1
1953–54 44 28 .611 Round-Robin
Round-Robin
Syracuse 2, New York 0
Boston 2, New York 0
1954–55 38 34 .528 Lost First Round Boston 2, New York 1
1955–56 35 37 .486 Lost First Round Syracuse 1, New York 0
1956–57 36 36 .500
1957–58 35 37 .486
1958–59 40 32 .556 Lost First Round Syracuse 2, New York 0
1959–60 27 48 .360
1960–61 21 58 .266
1961–62 29 51 .363
1962–63 21 59 .263
1963–64 22 58 .275
1964–65 31 49 .388
1965–66 30 50 .375
1966–67 36 45 .444 Lost First Round Boston 3, New York 1
1967–68 43 39 .524 Lost First Round Syracuse 4, New York 2
1968–69 54 28 .659 Won First Round
Lost Conference Finals
New York 4, Baltimore 0
Boston 4, New York 2
1969–70 60 22 .732 Won First Round
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
New York 4, Baltimore 3
New York 4, Milwaukee 1
New York 4, Los Angeles 3
1970–71 52 30 .634 Won First Round
Lost Conference Finals
New York 4, Atlanta 1
Baltimore 4, New York 3
1971–72 48 34 .585 Won First Round
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
New York 4, Baltimore 2
New York 4, Boston 1
Los Angeles 4, New York 1
1972–73 57 25 .695 Won First Round
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
New York 4, Baltimore 1
New York 4, Boston 3
New York 4, Los Angeles 1
1973–74 49 33 .598 Won First Round
Lost Conference Finals
New York 4, Capital 3
Boston 4, New York 1
1974–75 40 42 .488 Lost First Round Houston 2, Boston 1
1975–76 38 44 .463
1976–77 40 42 .488
1977–78 43 39 .524 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
New York 2, Cleveland 0
Philadelphia 4, New York 0
1978–79 31 51 .378
1979–80 39 43 .476
1980–81 50 32 .610 Lost First Round Chicago 2, New York 0
1981–82 33 49 .402
1982–83 44 38 .537 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
New York 2, New Jersey 0
Philadelphia 4, New York 0
1983–84 47 35 .537 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
New York 3, Detroit 2
Boston 4, New York 3
1984–85 24 58 .293
1985–86 23 59 .280
1986–87 24 58 .293
1987–88 38 44 .463 Lost First Round Boston 3, New York 1
1988–89 52 30 .634 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
New York 3, Philadelphia 0
Chicago 4, New York 2
1989–90 45 37 .549 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
New York 3, Boston 2
Detroit 4, New York 1
1990–91 39 43 .476 Lost First Round Chicago 3, New York 0
1991–92 51 31 .622 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
New York 3, Detroit 2
Chicago 4, New York 3
1992–93 60 22 .732 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
New York 3, Indiana 1
New York 4, Charlotte 1
Chicago 4, New York 2
1993–94 57 25 .695 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
New York 3, New Jersey 1
New York 4, Chicago 3
New York 4, Indiana 3
Houston 4, New York 3
1994–95 55 27 .671 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
New York 3, Cleveland 1
Indiana 4, New York 3
1995–96 47 35 .573 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
New York 3, Cleveland 0
Chicago 4, New York 1
1996–97 57 25 .695 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
New York 3, Charlotte 0
Miami 4, New York 3
1997–98 43 39 .524 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
New York 3, Miami 2
Indiana 4, New York 1
1998–99 27 23 .540 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
New York 3, Miami 2
New York 4, Atlanta 0
New York 4, Indiana 2
San Antonio 4, New York 1
1999–2000 50 32 .610 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
New York 3, Toronto 0
New York 4, Miami 3
Indiana 4, New York 2
2000–01 48 34 .585 Lost First Round Toronto 3, New York 2
2001–02 30 52 .366
2002–03 37 45 .451
2003–04 39 43 .476 Lost First Round New Jersey 4, New York 0
2004–05 33 49 .402
2005–06 23 59 .280
Totals 2366 2305 .507
Playoffs 179 171 .511 2 Championships

Stats updated June 18, 2006

[edit] Players of note

[edit] Basketball Hall of Famers

[edit] Notables

[edit] Retired numbers

[edit] Current roster

New York Knicks
Current Roster
Head Coach: Isiah Thomas Edit
F 32 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Renaldo Balkman (South Carolina)
C 26 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Kelvin Cato (Iowa State)
G 25 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Mardy Collins (Temple)
SG 11 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Jamal Crawford (Michigan)
C 34 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Eddy Curry (Thornwood HS,
South Holland, IL)
SG 1 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Steve Francis - Captain (Maryland)
F/C 7 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Channing Frye (Arizona)
C 13 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Jerome James (Florida A&M)
SF 20 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Jared Jeffries* (Indiana)
F/C 42 Image:Flag of the United States.svg David Lee (Florida)
PG 3 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Stephon Marbury - Captain (Georgia Tech)
F/G 23 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Quentin Richardson (DePaul)
G 4 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Nate Robinson (Washington)
PF 31 Image:Flag of the United States.svg Malik Rose (Drexel)
(*) - Injured

STARTING LINEUP Stephon Marbury- PG Steve Francis- SG Quentin Richardson- SF Channing Frye- PF Eddy Curry- C

[edit] Coaches and others

[edit] Basketball Hall of Famers

[edit] Notables

[edit] Trivia

  • The Knicks played in what is considered the first game in NBA history, against the Toronto Huskies. The league was then called the BAA (which through a series of mergers evolved into the NBA) and the game was played on November 1, 1946. The Knicks won 68-66.
  • The Knicks were the first team to have a non-Caucasian player on their roster, Japanese player Wataru Misaka who joined the team in 1947.
  • The band Tenacious D is named after a derived term from sportscaster Marv Albert about the Knicks tenacious defense.
  • The Knicks were the first team to sign an African-American player to a contract, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton in 1950. Although Clifton was signed first, Earl Lloyd was the first African-American to actually play in an NBA game. And in that same season, Chuck Cooper became the first African-American to be drafted to an NBA team. All three players are credited with breaking the NBA "color barrier" much like Jackie Robinson did for baseball.
  • They are the brother team to the WNBA's New York Liberty.
  • The Knicks are the only 8th seeded team to ever make it to the NBA Finals.
  • The Knicks are one of only 5 teams to never have lost 60 games in a season. The other teams are The Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers, The Rochester/Cincinnati Royals/Sacramento Kings, The New Orleans/Utah Jazz, and The Seattle Supersonics.

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

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