New York Knicks
The New York Knickerbockers, shortened and more commonly referred to as the New York Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The New York Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
|Arena||Madison Square Garden|
|Location||New York City, New York|
|General manager||Scott Perry|
|Head coach||Tom Thibodeau|
|Ownership||Madison Square Garden Sports (James Dolan, Executive Chairman)|
|Team colors||Royal blue, orange, silver, black, white|
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. The Knicks were successful during their early years and were constant playoff contenders under the franchise’s first head coach Joe Lapchick. Beginning in 1950, the Knicks made three consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals, all of which were losing efforts. Lapchick resigned in 1956 and the team subsequently began to falter.
It was not until the late 1960s when Red Holzman became the head coach that the Knicks began to regain their former dominance. Holzman successfully guided the Knicks to two NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973. The Knicks of the 1980s had mixed success that included six playoff appearances; however, they failed to participate in the NBA Finals.
In the summer of 1985, the Knicks were entered into the first-ever NBA Draft Lottery. The Knicks ended up winning the number one pick in that year’s NBA draft. They used the pick to select star center Patrick Ewing of Georgetown University. 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 struggled to a 23–59 record in his first season.
2017–2020: Further Struggles
On May 15, 2018, the Knicks were awarded the ninth overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, and selected Kevin Knox from the Kentucky. The team also acquired Mitchell Robinson with the 36th overall pick, and signed former lottery pick Mario Hezonja. They further invested in untapped potential by signing another former lottery pick, with Noah Vonleh agreeing to a one-year deal.
2020–present: Return to The Playoffs
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.
On March 2, 2020 Leon Rose was named president of the team. On July 30, the Knicks announced that they hired Tom Thibodeau as their head coach. Julius Randle had a breakout season and, on February 23, 2021, Randle was named as a reserve for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.
On May 12, the Knicks clinched their first playoff appearance since 2013, ending their eight-year playoff drought. At the end of the regular season, Randle was named NBA Most Improved Player, while Thibodeau was named the NBA Coach of the Year, becoming the first Knicks head coach since Pat Riley in 1992–93 to receive the award.
The Knicks updated their “New Look Logo”, this time eliminating the color black from the scheme. 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.
From 2017 to 2019, the Knicks’ “Statement” uniform featured a white base with lettering in orange with white and blue trim. The striping was inspired from the team’s 1970s-era uniforms. In the 2019–20 season, the Knicks changed their Statement uniform to a blue base and white lettering with blue and orange trim. The white letters were a nod to the team’s 1960s blue uniforms. As with the previous “Statement” uniform, the striping was based on the team’s 1970s uniforms.
Basketball Hall of Fame
- Tracy McGrady
- Jason Kidd
- Dikembe Mutombo
All-Star Game selections
- Amar’e Stoudemire– 2011
- Carmelo Anthony– 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- Tyson Chandler– 2013
- Kristaps Porziņģis– 2018
- Julius Randle– 2021
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