The New York Knicks are a professional basketball team playing under the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team plays in the Atlantic division of the Eastern conference. The New York Knicks are also known by the name of New York Knickerbockers. The Knicks was founded in the year 1946. James Dolan is the current owner of the team. The team is presently training under the head coach Tom Thibodeau. Blue, Orange, White and Black are the official colors of the team. The Knicks are one of the most valuable basketball franchises in the United States.
The Knicks are one of only two teams of the original National Basketball Association still located in its original city. The knicks first game was played on November 1, 1946 aginst the Toronto Huskies where the Knicks won by a score of 68-66. Neil Cohalan was the first coach of the Knicks. During the first decade of the NBA’s existence, the Knickerbockers made the NBA Finals in three straight years.
In 1969-70 season the Knicks started the season with 18 straight consecutive wins which was a record in the teams franchise history. They ended the season with a 60-22 record and won the Eastern conference finals and for the very first time made it to the NBA finals. In the NBA finals the Knicks had to confront the Los Angeles Lakers. In the 7th and decider game for the championship the Knicks had lost their captain and of the pillar of the team, [Willis Reed] due to injury. Despite the injury Reed decide to play the remaining part of the game. Reed was not playing at full strength however was able to inspire the team with his play and the team won the match with a score of 113-99 and in this way won the first championship.
The 1973-74 season was also excellent for the team as it was successful in reaching the Eastern Conference finals during which they were defeated by the Celtics. At the end of this season Reed declared that he would retire. Although going out in the Eastern conference finals to the Celtics, the Knicks had made it to the NBA finals once again. The Knicks went on to win their second NBA title this season.
The Madison Square Garden is the place where the Knicks play all their home games. It has a maximum capacity of 19,763. Many famous players from the New York Knicks like Walt Bellamy, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, Harry Gallatin, Tom Gola, Jerry Lucas, Dick McGuire, Earl Monroe and Willis Reed have found their name in the Hall of Famers.
The 2007-08 season was one of the worst season for the Knicks. The team won only 23 games at end of the season and did not make it to any of the playoffs. The side have struggled in more recent years, with a rare divisional title in 2013.
- 8 Division titles (1953, 1954, 1970, 1971, 1989, 1993, 1994, 2013)
- 4 Conference titles (1972, 1973, 1994, 1999)
- 2 NBA championships (1970, 1973)