Along with the Boston Celtics one of only two original NBA teams still located in its original city, the New York Knicks were established in 1946. The franchise found early success with three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals from 1951 to 1953, though it was in the ‘70s that the Knickerbockers truly developed a winning identity, capturing league titles in 1970 and 1973 under Red Holzman and showcasing the likes of Walt Frazier, Willis Reed and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. Celebrate a tradition that has seen the likes of Bill Bradley, Bernard King, John Starks, Mark Jackson, Charles Oakley, Patrick Ewing and Carmelo Anthony take the floor at New York City’s historic Madison Square Garden; grab your New York Knicks tickets at StubHub.
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The new-look Knicks finished fourth in the Atlantic Division (29-53) and out of playoff contention in 2017-18, a season that saw them part ways with two of their most visible personalities. President of basketball operations Phil Jackson, who played for the team from 1967-78, moved on, and after six years in NY Carmelo Anthony was swapped to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Gone, too, is head coach Jeff Hornacek, who’s been replaced by David Fizdale.
New York Knicks History
The first-ever NBA Draft Lottery in 1985 turned out to be a boon for the Knicks. Landing the No. 1 pick that summer, the franchise selected Georgetown center Patrick Ewing. In his first season in New York, the 7-footer led all rookies in scoring (20 points per game) and rebounds (nine per game) to earn NBA Rookie of the Year honors. During a 15-year run with the team, the Knicks would appear in the NBA Finals twice (1994, 1999). In particular, NY’s postseason rivalry with the Indiana Pacers took on a life of its own during the Ewing era, as the two teams would meet six times in conference showdowns, and courtside scenes of Spike Lee jawing with Indiana’s Reggie Miller were broadcast around the world. In the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals, Ewing famously scored the decisive points in Game 7 with only seconds remaining on the clock, capping the finest postseason performance of his career (24 points, 22 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks). Miller missed a last-second jumper and the Knicks won, 94-90.
Where do the New York Knicks play?
Located in Midtown Manhattan between 7th and 8th Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, Madison Square Garden is the iconic home of the NBA’s New York Knicks and the New York Rangers of the NHL. The most recent incarnation of The Garden opened in 1968, and remains the oldest major sporting facility in the New York metropolitan area. It is also one of the busiest music venues in the world in terms of tickets sales. Get yours at StubHub.