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New York Knicks
The New York Knickerbockers or Knicks as they are more commonly referred to, were founded in 1946. The team was one of the first eleven founding teams of the defunct Basketball Association of America (BAA).
Along with the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are the only other founding team to still be located in their original city. In 1949, the BAA joined with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association (NBA).
History Of The Knicks
Early in their history, the Knicks reached the NBA Finals in 1951, 1952, and 1953 but failed to win. Finally, 17 years after their last Finals appearance, in the 1970 NBA season, the Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers (4-3) to win their first Championship.
The Knicks would be crowned NBA Champions three years later during the 1973 Finals, defeating the Lakers again (4-1). This would be the team’s last title. Led by Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley, the Knicks showed signs of gaining past glory with solid teams in the 1990s. Unfortunately, the Championship title remained elusive.
As one of the oldest NBA teams, the Knicks have featured many of the NBA’s greatest players. Legends from the 1950s to the 1970s include the likes Willis Reed, Bill Bradley, Walt Frazier, and Jerry Lucas. Modern Knick’s legends and fan favorites include Patrick Ewing, John Starks, and Allan Houston.
NY Knicks Timeline:
- 1946: NY Knickerbockers founded in Basketball Association of America
- 1951, 1952, 1953: Knicks reach NBA Finals but didn’t win
- 1968: NY Knicks started playing at MSG
- 1970: Knicks win their first NBA Championship
- 1973: Knicks defeat the Lakers to win the NBA Championship
Knicks At Madison Square Garden
Often referred to as, the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden, aka “MSG,” has been the home of the Knicks since 1968. Also home to the NHL New York Rangers, the Garden, has played host to numerous unforgettable moments in Knicks’s history.
Knicks Key Rivalries
You wouldn’t be wrong saying that the Knicks have more rivals than Championships. With the Brooklyn Nets located across the East River there’s no doubt these two teams have a natural rivalry. But compared to the likes of the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and Miami Heat, the rivalry with the Nets is child’s play.
As the other oldest NBA team, the rivalry with the Boston Celtics goes back to the BAA days. New York and Boston teams generally don’t get along regardless of the sport. Just ask the Yankees and the Red Sox. Much like the Yankees and the Red Sox, the Celtics and Knicks rivalry is one-sided. The Celtics have won 17 NBA Championships to the Knicks 2. Since the BAA days, the Celtics have a 323-211 win-loss record versus the Knicks.
Like any good rivalry, the personality of the players involved can keep it going. For Knicks’s stars Patrick Ewing, John Stark, and Charles Oakley, facing the likes of Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, and Alonzo Mourning repeatedly created great basketball and lasting rivalries.
Changes For The 2020-2021 Knicks Season
The altered 2019-2020 NBA season saw the Knicks finish 5th in the Atlantic Division, missing the Playoffs for the seventh straight season. The Knicks are not wasting time with making changes.
Tom Thibodeau has been announced as the new head coach, taking over from Mike Miller. The Knicks will have to look for help in the off-season to bolster an offense that finished 29th out of 30 teams in Points Per Game.
The 2020 free agent class includes shooters Jordan Clarkson, Wesley Iwundu, and Danilo Gallinari. All of whom who can help from the 3-point line. Sitting with the 8th and 27th picks in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Knicks have a lot of options to consider.
As for options for sports bettors in New York, perhaps Knicks fans might want to put their money elsewhere heading into the 2020-2021 season unless Thibodeau can turn things around.