The New York Knickerbockers, popularly referred to as the Knicks competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The New York Knicks are based in New York City in the Manhattan Borough as a member of the Atlantic Division playing in the Eastern Conference. The New York Knicks are playing their home matches at the Madison Square Garden and was created by Ned Irish in 1946.
The Knicks has been successful in their early years and was likely NBA playoff contenders under the team’s head coach Joe Lapchick. Starting from around 1950, the New York Knicks appeared three straight consecutive times in the NBA Finals; however, these proved losing efforts. When Red Holzman joined the team in the late 1960s as head coach, they did start to regain their initial dominance. Red Holzman fruitfully guided the New York Knicks in the 1970 and 1973 NBA Championships, however, in the 1980s the team displayed mixed performances including 6 playoff appearances but they failed to play in the NBA Finals.
Patrick Ewing led the New York Knicks at the playoff level during the 1990s, and this era saw the team playing against some of their passionate rivals including the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, and Miami Heat. During this period, the team was known to play hard defensive games under head coaches Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy. The team managed to make two appearances in the NBA Finals both in 1994 and 1999; again they failed to win an NBA Championship during this period.
Since the 2000 season, the New York Knicks have put a great fight back to regain their former glory only being able to win their first Divisional Title in 19 years for both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. They were in the long run eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals where Indiana Pacers outrun and have never made it the playoffs since then.
The New York Knicks is considered the most valuable franchise in the NBA and were listed by 2017 Forbes report to worth an estimated $3.3 billion. The team has also managed to win 8 Conference Titles in 1951, 1952, 1953, 190, 1972, 1973, 1994, and 1999. They have also won 5 Divisional Titles in 1971, 1989, 1993, 1994, and 2013. They have a total of 9 retired numbers including 10, 12, 15, 15, 19, 22, 24, 33, and 613.
The New York Knicks Hall of Famers includes Tracy McGrady, Slater Martin, Nathaniel Clifton, Wait Frazier, Bob McAdoo, Dick Mcguire, Dave DeBusschere, Bernard King, Patrick Ewing, and Dikembe Mutombo. Some of New York Knicks notable players include Willis Reed who was the NBA MVP in 1970, Mark Jackson the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1988, Anthony Mason the NBA Sixth Man of the year in 1995, Tyson Chandler the NBA Defensive Player of the year in 2012, and Bernard King the NBA Scoring Champion of the Year in 1985. Other players of note include Patrick Ewing the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1988, 1989, and 1992, Carmello Anthony the All NBA Second Team in 2012, and Langston Galloway the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2015.