71 Facts About New York 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 New York Knicks are one of two original NBA teams still located in its original city.

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

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

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

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

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The New York 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 New York 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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New York 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 New York Knicks defeated the Lakers in five games to win their second NBA title in four years.

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The New York 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 New York Knicks, he led all rookies in scoring and rebounds, and he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

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

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

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

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Rather than rebuilding, the New York 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 New York Knicks forfeited the second pick in the 2006 draft, and the ninth in the 2007 draft.

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The New York 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 New York Knicks dealt one of their top scorers, Jamal Crawford, to the Golden State Warriors for Al Harrington.

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Hours later, New York traded Zach Randolph, along with Mardy Collins, to the Los Angeles Clippers for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas, with the intention of freeing cap space for the 2010 off-season, when top-flight players such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Amar'e Stoudemire would be available.

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In February 2009, the New York 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 New York 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 New York 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 New York Knicks acquiring bench players JR Giddens and Bill Walker.

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

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

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The New York 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 New York Knicks sold out their full-season ticket inventory for the first time since 2002.

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In spite of the team's mounting success, New York made a push to acquire Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony.

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New York 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 New York Knicks sent Andy Rautins to the Mavericks, generating a trade exception for Dallas.

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

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The New York 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 New York Knicks had struggled to do for the first 23 games of the season.

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The surge of positive play by the New York 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 New York 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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New York Knicks began their off-season by selecting Greek forward Kostas Papanikolaou in the 2012 NBA draft.

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

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

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

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The New York 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 New York Knicks' president of basketball operations.

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The New York 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 New York Knicks were rumored to have targeted prior to selecting Porzingis in 2015.

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

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

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

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The New York 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 New York 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 New York Knicks clinched their first playoff appearance since 2013, ending their eight-year playoff drought.

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The New York 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 New York Knicks extended his contract for four years in August 2021.

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On January 13,2022, the New York 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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New York Knicks would introduce an iconic logo that would endure for the next three decades.

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New York Knicks unveiled a uniform that would stay for three decades.

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On October 25,2013, the New York 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 New York 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 New York Knicks wear an all-blue uniform without additional striping, complete with fancy scripted orange lettering and numbers.

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

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

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The New York 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 New York 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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