| NEW YORK KNICKS HISTORY
Arena: Madison Square Garden
Division Championships: 8
Eastern Division 3 (53,54,70)
Atlantic 5 (71,89,93,94,13)
NBA Finals Appearances: 8 (51,52,53,70,72,73,94,99)
NBA Titles: 2 (70,73)
Best Season: 1969-70 60-22
Worst Season: 2014-15 17-65
What is a Knickerbocker?
The question "what is a Knickerbocker?" has been asked by many NBA fans. The simple answer is that it is pants worn by early Dutch settlers in the Hudson river area that now makes up the many boroughs of New York City.
The term really came to fame when American writer Washing Irving wrote the satiric piece A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker. Washington's use of the word came to symbolize a New Yorker who could trace their ancestry back to the early Dutch settles.
With the publication of Irving's book, the Dutch settler "Knickerbocker" character became synonymous with New York City. The city's most popular symbol of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was "Father Knickerbocker", complete with cotton wig, three-cornered hat, buckled shoes, and, of course, knickered pants.
The first ever Christmas day NBA game was between the New York Knicks and the Providence Steamrollers. The Knicks won 89-75.
Winners of the Lottery:
The New York Knicks controversially won the first ever NBA lottery in 1985. The Knicks did not have the worst record in the league and jumped several spots to get the #1 pick which turned out to be Patrick Ewing
Fans have accused the NBA of rigging the lottery with many theories, one of the most popular is the frozen envelop theory. That theory holds that the NBA put the envelop for the Knicks in the freezer and when David Stern reached in to grab it he felt for the frozen envelop.
None of these theories really hold much water under investigation, yet they persist.
New York Knicks Home Arenas
Arena || Opened|| Knicks Home ||Knicks Left || Closed|| Capacity|| Cost|
Madison Square Garden III|| 1925 || 1946 || 1968 || 1969 || 16,000+|| 4.75 Million|
Madison Square Garden IV|| 1968 || 1968 || Present || Present|| 19,812 || 7 million(1968)|
NBA Players turned Politicians |
With the recent unrest in America, a lot of current and former NBA players have made comments online and let their feels and opinions be known. For some, this is seen as the players stepping out of their industry; for most it is just the players exercising their 1st Amendment rights. But, players getting political is nothing new. Many former athletes have left the court and gone on to have very successful playing careers.
Most people will recognize that several former football players have made some very high profile runs of office. The most famous of these, and successful, is former University of Michigan star Gerald Ford. Ford served 25 years in the House of Representatives, before in 1973, being nominated by Richard Nixon to become the Vice President. When Nixon resigned the office following the Watergate scandal, Ford became the 38th President of the United States. Ford would lose his re-election bid in 1976 to Jimmy Carter.
Another famous football star, Jack Kemp ran for the office of president in 1996 as the Republican challenger to Bill Clinton. Kemp, a star quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, selected another former athlete to be his running-mate. Kemp selected former New York Knicks forward Bill Bradley to be his Vice-Present.
How Cocaine caused the New York Knicks to throw games|
Cocaine was the scourge of the NBA in 1970s and 80s, the drug lead to 8 players being banned from the NBA and 3 of them permanently. But no case of drug use, or potential use, is as crazy as what is rumored to have been doing on with the 1980s Knicks.Complete Article
The Knicks were the main attraction in New York City during the 1970s. The team won their only two NBA championships and made the eastern finals 5 times. But by the late 70s and early 80s the team had fallen on hard times. But things had started to look up, the Knicks had used the 4th pick in the 1978 NBA draft on Montana guard Michael Ray Richardson.
Richardson was going to change the franchise and bring back the glory days of the early 1970s, or so the Knicks thought.
Military Veterans who have played in the NBA |
The United States Military has been a big piece of American history and American lore. Before every basketball game fans stand an honor America and the men and women who have served with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. The song immortalizes the defense of Fort McHenry from the war of 1812. The Veterans Administration (VA) estimates that 22 million Americans have served in the military. Countless famous Americans have served in the armed forces and that includes several NBA players.
During the early days of one of the NBA's precursors, the NBL, it was not uncommon for a player to leave the league to join the military. The military offered better pay and better accommodations than the league did.
World War II was nearly the end of the NBL as the majority of players left to serve. The lack of players caused the first racial integration in any major sport in American history
Wat Misaka broke the color barrier years before Jackie Robinson|
he was the first non-Caucasian to ever play in the NBA, or as it was known at that time the BAA or Basketball Association of America. Watura Misaka, the second generation son of Japanese immigrants, grew up on Ogden's 25th street in the back of a barber shop and would often find him and his family the victim of rampant racial discrimination. Yet despite this Misaka was able to find a love of basketball and was allowed on the Ogden High Schools basketball team, where in 1940 he lead them to the state title.
In 1942 he began attending college at Weber College, which is now Weber State University. This was a dangerous time to be Japanese-American as president Roosevelt had recently signed Executive Order 9066 which required that Japanese-American's in the western United State be placed into interment camps. It remains one of the darkest chapters in American history and one of, if not the most, egregious violation of Human and Civil Rights in the 20th century.
Misaka was allowed to get an exemption to continue his studies at Weber and play basketball. He only played two seasons at Weber College but would lead the Wildcats to the Junior College championship both season.
US Customs report when Knicks returned from Toronto after playing first ever NBA game.
Newspaper article about the Knicks playing their first home game.
1946-47 Knicks team photo.
Knicks vs St. Louis Bombers 1946
Poster with Ed Sadowski(Tor) for the first ever NBA game.
Promo ads for first ever NBA game.
Madison Square Garden being built in the 1960s
The original Madison Square Garden located on Eighth Avenue and 50th Street in the 1950s
Ossie Schectman scores the first ever basket in NBA history.
Article about Knicks signing Wat Misaka.
Carl Braun circa 1959.
Phil Jacksonson in the 1970s
Phil Jackson going for a layup vs the Lakers
Knicks in the 1970s. including Jerry Lucas #32, Walt Frazier, Dick Barnett, Phil Jackson #18, Bill Bradley #24
Micahel Ray Richardson had one of the most promising careers for the Knicks in the early 1980s, but lost it due to drugs.
Knicks rookie Patrick Ewing promo art work next to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson
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