The New York Knicks have played in Manhattan at Madison Square Garden during their entire history, going back to 1946. The team has been the standard for basketball in NYC for many years. During their history, the team won 2 NBA Championships (1970, 1973), 8 conference championships (last being in 1999), and 5 division championships.
Great New York Knicks Players
Depending on a fans’ age, New York fans have different ideas of the Knicks. Older fans remember the days of Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Willis Reed & Dave Debusscherre leading the Knicks to championships. The team would be decent in the 80s, but the 90s would be when the Knicks came back to prominence.
In the 90s, the NBA reached media & marketing levels like never before. In the 80s, the league had great teams like the Lakers & Celtics, but games were still being shown on tape delay. The Knicks helped bring the league into the homes of fans around the world.
The team did not win a championship in the 90s, but got to 3 NBA Finals during the decade, leaning on the shoulders of Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason, John Starks & Latrell Sprewell. Knicks games were constantly shown on national TV like NBC, TNT & TBS, particularly during great rivalries with the Bulls & Pacers.
Current New York Knicks
Since the great runs of the 90s, the Knicks have gone through some hard times. The team brought in legendary coach & former Knicks player Phil Jackson to turn around the ship, and the process is still in the works.
While Carmelo Anthony has been the lead star on the team for the last several years, the franchise looks to be moving in the direction of Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis being the leader. The Knicks fans have been patient, but the team needs to win soon to keep the faith.