| 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.
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.
Ossie Schectman scores the first ever basket in NBA history.
Article about Knicks signing Wat Misaka.
Carl Braun circa 1959.
Phil Jackson going for a layup vs the Lakers
News Day Knicks History Site