71 Facts About Knicks


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.

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The Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.

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Alongside the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of two original NBA teams still located in its original city.

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The Knicks were successful during their early years and were constant playoff contenders under the franchise's first head coach Joe Lapchick.

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Knicks called together members of his staff for a meeting to cast their votes in a hat.

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The Knicks held their first training camp in the Catskill Mountains at the Nevele Country Club.

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However, the Knicks were swept by the Philadelphia Warriors in two games in the semifinals.

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Under Lapchick, the Knicks made nine straight playoff appearances beginning in 1947.

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The Knicks were leery of Schayes' talent, prompting the center to leave to play for the Syracuse Nationals of the struggling National Basketball League.

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The Knicks drafted center Willis Reed, who made an immediate impact on the court and was named NBA Rookie of the Year for his efforts.

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Knicks scored New York's first two baskets before going scoreless for the remainder of the contest.

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The next year, the results were reversed, as the Knicks defeated the Lakers in five games to win their second NBA title in four years.

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The Knicks ended up winning the number one pick in that year's NBA draft.

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In Ewing's first season with the Knicks, he led all rookies in scoring and rebounds, and he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

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The Knicks were swept in the first round by the eventual NBA champion, Chicago Bulls.

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However, the Knicks won the next two games to reach their first NBA Finals since 1973.

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Nevertheless, the Knicks had gotten some inspiration from Mark Messier and the Rangers during the finals.

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Rather than rebuilding, the Knicks opted to add veterans to the roster including Antonio McDyess who had been dealing with knee problems in the preceding years.

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Isiah Thomas did not lottery-protect the picks, and the Knicks forfeited the second pick in the 2006 draft, and the ninth in the 2007 draft.

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The Knicks, holding the sixth pick in the 2008 NBA draft, selected Danilo Gallinari on May 20,2008.

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On November 21,2008, the Knicks dealt one of their top scorers, Jamal Crawford, to the Golden State Warriors for Al Harrington.

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In February 2009, the Knicks traded Tim Thomas, Jerome James, and Anthony Roberson to the Chicago Bulls for Larry Hughes, in addition to sending Malik Rose to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Chris Wilcox.

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Shortly afterwards, New York executed a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies in which the Knicks acquired Darko Milicic in exchange for Quentin Richardson.

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The Knicks got off to their worst 10-game start in franchise history, producing nine losses, with just one win.

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On January 24,2010, the Knicks suffered their worst home loss in Madison Square Garden history against the Dallas Mavericks in front of a sellout crowd.

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The deal included forward Marcus Landry going to the Celtics and the Knicks acquiring bench players JR Giddens and Bill Walker.

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The Knicks acquired All-Star forward Tracy McGrady from the Houston Rockets and point guard Sergio Rodriguez from the Sacramento Kings in a three-way trade.

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The deal sent Knicks shooting guard Larry Hughes to Sacramento and forward Jordan Hill and power forward Jared Jeffries to Houston.

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The Knicks continued to redesign their roster, trading David Lee to the Golden State Warriors for Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf.

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The Knicks struck deals with former Bobcats point guard Raymond Felton and Russian center Timofey Mozgov.

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The Knicks regained their title as the most valuable franchise in the NBA following these acquisitions, though this was mainly due to the arrival of Stoudemire, whose star power allowed the team to resurge; the Knicks sold out their full-season ticket inventory for the first time since 2002.

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Knicks clinched their first playoff berth since the 2004 NBA playoffs in a rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 3,2011.

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In return, the Knicks sent Andy Rautins to the Mavericks, generating a trade exception for Dallas.

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The Knicks obtained the draft rights to Ahmad Nivins and Georgios Printezis from Dallas.

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The Knicks struggled early in the season because Douglas and Bibby struggled to facilitate the offense and subsequently, it became stagnated.

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Lin was praised for his ability to facilitate the offense, something the Knicks had struggled to do for the first 23 games of the season.

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The surge of positive play by the Knicks accompanied by the performance of Lin caused extensive national and worldwide media coverage that was referred to as 'Linsanity'.

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The Knicks faced the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs and lost the first three games, breaking the NBA record for longest playoff losing streak at 13 games.

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Knicks began their off-season by selecting Greek forward Kostas Papanikolaou in the 2012 NBA draft.

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The Knicks re-acquired Marcus Camby from the Houston Rockets in a sign and trade sending Houston Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan, Toney Douglas and 2014 and 2015 two second-round picks and completed a sign-and-trade with the Portland Trail Blazers that brought back Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas in exchange for Jared Jeffries, Dan Gadzuric, and the draft rights to Papanikolaou and Greek forward Georgios Printezis, whose draft rights had been acquired by the Knicks in December 2011.

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The Knicks re-signed free agents JR Smith and Steve Novak and added more players to the roster, such as James White, Chris Copeland, and Argentinian point guard Pablo Prigioni.

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The Knicks then signed veteran power forward Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract.

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Knicks saw changes to business operations in late 2013, replacing general manager Glen Grunwald with former MSG president Steve Mills.

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The Knicks then appointed former coach Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations, with Mills remaining as general manager, with the duo working directly under MSG chairman James Dolan.

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In return, the Knicks received Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, and Wayne Ellington along with two picks for the 2014 NBA draft.

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The Knicks acquired Louis Labeyrie, an additional second-round draft pick, in a trade with the Indiana Pacers for cash considerations.

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The Knicks bought out Amar'e Stoudemire's $100 million contract a season early.

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On June 24,2015, the Knicks selected Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick in the draft, and traded Tim Hardaway Jr.

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The Knicks signed Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings, and Courtney Lee to contracts worth a combined $127 million, and regressed the following season, causing the franchise to part ways with Jackson after three years as the Knicks' president of basketball operations.

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The Knicks saw Carmelo Anthony demanding a trade from the team, which posed difficulty for both player and franchise due to a no-trade clause inserted in Anthony's contract given by Jackson in 2013.

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The Knicks received Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick in exchange for Anthony on September 25,2017, while positioning Kristaps Porzingis as the new centerpiece of the franchise.

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The franchise traded for former lottery pick Emmanuel Mudiay from the Denver Nuggets at the trade deadline, who was a point guard the Knicks were rumored to have targeted prior to selecting Porzingis in 2015.

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Knicks was replaced with former Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale.

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On May 15,2018, the Knicks were awarded the ninth overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, and selected Kevin Knox from the Kentucky.

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The Knicks won the third overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, and selected RJ Barrett from Duke.

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The Knicks agreed terms with veteran role players Wayne Ellington and Taj Gibson, with forward Bobby Portis signing.

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On February 4,2020, the Knicks fired Steve Mills after seven seasons as president with Scott Perry taking over on an interim basis.

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On May 12, the Knicks clinched their first playoff appearance since 2013, ending their eight-year playoff drought.

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The Knicks faced the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs as the fourth seed, losing in five games.

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Additionally, after Randle's breakthrough season, the Knicks extended his contract for four years in August 2021.

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On January 13,2022, the Knicks traded former eighth overall pick of the 2018 NBA draft, Kevin Knox and a protected future first round pick in exchange for former 10th overall pick of the 2019 NBA draft, Cam Reddish, Solomon Hill and a 2025 second-round draft pick and cash considerations.

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Knicks would introduce an iconic logo that would endure for the next three decades.

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Knicks unveiled a uniform that would stay for three decades.

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Knicks updated their "New Look Logo", this time eliminating the color black from the scheme.

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On October 25,2013, the Knicks unveiled an alternate orange uniform, which is essentially a mirror image of the blue away uniforms, but with orange as the primary color and blue and white as trim colors.

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The Knicks kept their white "Association" and blue "Icon" uniforms almost intact with only a few alterations such as truncated shoulder and shorts striping and the modern roundball logo on the waistband.

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The 2016 Christmas Day game against the Celtics saw the Knicks wear an all-blue uniform without additional striping, complete with fancy scripted orange lettering and numbers.

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Knicks hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA.

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Knicks was reinstated as president in 2017, with Scott Perry replacing him as general manager.

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The Knicks faced the Celtics, who were without Rajon Rondo because of a mid-season injury, in the 1st round of the 2013 playoffs.

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The Knicks defeated the Nets in the playoffs in 1983 and 1994, while the Nets won their most recent meeting in 2004.

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