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New York Knicks

Atlantic Division

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Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks

Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks

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Updated April 12, 2012
The Knicks are considered one of the NBA's glamour franchises -- despite a resume that features just two championships, and none since 1973. (Playing in the media capital of the world has its advantages.) But in recent years, poor drafts and bad free-agent signings left the Knicks with one of the league's highest payrolls, worst won-loss records, and truly horrible press. (Playing in the media capital of the world has its disadvantages.)

The team could be in the midst of a rebound, thanks in part to the arrivals of free agent Amar'e Stoudemire, trades for Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, and the shocking emergence of point guard Jeremy Lin.

Founded: 1946
Home Town: New York, NY
Owner: James Dolan/Madison Square Garden LLP
General Manager: Glen Grunwald (interim)
Coach: Mike Woodson (interim)

Home Court

Name:Madison Square Garden
Opened: 1968
Seating Capacity: 19,673

Team History

The team was founded in 1946 as one of the first members of the Basketball Association of America - a league that would merge with the National Basketball League in 1949 and become what is now known as the NBA. The game between the Knicks and Toronto Huskies on November 1, 1946 is now considered the first game in NBA history.

Other surviving members of that precursor league include the Sacramento Kings (then known as the Rochester Royals), the Los Angeles (Minneapolis) Lakers, Detroit (Fort Wayne) Pistons and Golden State (Philadelphia) Warriors.

The Knicks' glory years came in the early 70s, when teams led by coach Red Holzman, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Willis Reed, "Dollar" Bill Bradley and Earl "The Pearl" Monroe won NBA titles in 1970 and 1973. Phil Jackson -- a bench player and defensive specialist on those teams -- went on to coach the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers to ten NBA championships.

The late 70s and early 80s were a dark time for the franchise, but help was on the way. The Knicks won the first-ever NBA Draft Lottery in 1985, and the chance to draft Georgetown center Patrick Ewing. With Ewing in the middle and a series of big-name coaches like Rick Pitino, Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy, the Knicks were title contenders for most of the 90s, though their aspirations were thwarted by Michael Jordan's Bulls, Hakeem Olajuwon's Rockets and David Robinson's San Antonio Spurs.

The franchise fell on hard times after the departures of Ewing and Van Gundy. A series of free-agent signings, coaching changes and new general managers, designed to keep the franchise in contention, only served to put the franchise in a deeper hole. The Knicks bottomed out during Isiah Thomas' reign as president, general manager and coach, with the dubious distinction of having the league's highest payroll but one of the worst records.

Thomas was replaced by Donnie Walsh, the well-regarded general manager of the Indiana Pacers. Walsh hired Mike D'Antoni -- well known for his fast-paced and entertaining style of basketball -- away from the Phoenix Suns to coach the team, and started clearing contracts in the hopes of making a big splash with the free-agent class of 2010.

Walsh succeeded - to a degree. He was unable to land his primary target - LeBron James - but he did manage to acquire Amar'e Stoudemire. He also acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets, though many suspect that owner James Dolan ultimately pulled the trigger on the Anthony deal, and that Walsh would have given up far less in the trade if left to his own devices. That perception gained steam when Walsh and Madison Square Garden parted ways after the 2010-11 season.

Championships: 1970, 1973
Conference Titles: 1951, 1952, 1953, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1994, 1999
Division Titles: 1953, 1954, 1970, 1971, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994

Retired Numbers

  • 10: Walt "Clyde" Frazier
  • 12: Dick Barnett
  • 15: Earl "The Pearl" Monroe
  • 15: Dick McGuire
  • 19: Willis Reed
  • 22: Dave DeBusschere
  • 24: Bill Bradley
  • 33: Patrick Ewing
  • 613: Red Holzman (Holzman won 613 games as head coach of the Knicks)

Hall of Famers

  • Walt Bellamy
  • Bill Bradley
  • Dave DeBusschere
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Walt Frazier
  • Harry Gallatin
  • Tom Gola
  • Jerry Lucas
  • Dick McGuire
  • Earl Monroe
  • Willis Reed

New York Knicks All-Time Won-Loss Records

Season Wins Losses Playoff Result Coach
2010-11 42 40 First Round Mike D'Antoni
2009-10 29 53 Mike D'Antoni
2008-09 32 50 Mike D'Antoni
2007-08 23 59 Isiah Thomas
2006-07 33 49 Isiah Thomas
2005-06 23 59 Larry Brown
2004-05 33 49 Lenny Wilkens
2003-04 39 43 First Round Don Chaney, Herb Williams, Lenny Wilkens
2002-03 37 45 Don Chaney
2001-02 30 52 Jeff Van Gundy, Don Chaney
2000-01 48 34 First Round Jeff Van Gundy
1999-00 50 32 Conference Finals Jeff Van Gundy
1998-99 27 23 NBA Finals Jeff Van Gundy
1997-98 43 39 Conference Semifinals Jeff Van Gundy
1996-97 57 25 Conference Semifinals Jeff Van Gundy
1995-96 47 35 Conference Semifinals Don Nelson, Jeff Van Gundy
1994-95 55 27 Conference Semifinals Pat Riley
1993-94 57 25 NBA Finals Pat Riley
1992-93 60 22 Conference Semifinals Pat Riley
1991-92 51 31 Conference Semifinals Pat Riley
1990-91 39 43 First Round Stu Jackson, John MacLeod
1989-90 45 37 Conference Semifinals Stu Jackson
1988-89 52 30 Conference Semifinals Rick Pitino
1987-88 38 44 First Round Rick Pitino
1986-87 24 58 Hubie Brown, Bob Hill
1985-86 23 59 Hubie Brown
1984-85 24 58 Hubie Brown
1983-84 47 35 Conference Semifinals Hubie Brown
1982-83 44 38 Conference Semifinals Hubie Brown
1981-82 33 49 Red Holzman
1980-81 50 32 First Round Red Holzman
1979-80 39 43 Red Holzman
1978-79 31 51 Willis Reed, Red Holzman
1977-78 43 39 Conference Semifinals Willis Reed
1976-77 40 42 Red Holzman
1975-76 38 44 Red Holzman
1974-75 40 42 First Round Red Holzman
1973-74 49 33 Conference Finals Red Holzman
1972-73 57 25 NBA Champions Red Holzman
1971-72 48 34 NBA Finals Red Holzman
1970-71 52 30 Conference Finals Red Holzman
1969-70 60 22 NBA Champions Red Holzman
1968-69 54 28 Division Finals Red Holzman
1967-68 43 39 Division Semifinals Dick McGuire, Red Holzman
1966-67 36 45 Division Semifinals Dick McGuire
1965-66 30 50 Harry Gallatin, Dick McGuire
1964-65 31 49 Eddie Donovan, Harry Gallatin
1963-64 22 58 Eddie Donovan
1962-63 21 59 Eddie Donovan
1961-62 29 51 Eddie Donovan
1960-61 21 58 Carl Braun
1959-60 27 48 Andrew Levane, Carl Braun
1958-59 40 32 Division Semifinals Andrew Levane
1957-58 35 37 Vince Boryla
1956-57 36 36 Vince Boryla
1955-56 35 37 Eastern Division Third Place Tiebreaker Joe Lapchick, Vince Boryla
1954-55 38 34 Division Semifinals Joe Lapchick
1953-54 44 28 Eastern Division Round Robin Joe Lapchick
1952-53 47 23 NBA Finals Joe Lapchick
1951-52 37 29 NBA Finals Joe Lapchick
1950-51 36 30 NBA Finals Joe Lapchick
1949-50 40 28 Division Finals Joe Lapchick
1948-49 32 28 Division Finals Joe Lapchick
1947-48 26 22 Quarterfinals Joe Lapchick
1946-47 33 27 Semifinals Neil Cohalan
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