The Knicks were a charter organization of the Basketball Association of America in 1946. Success wasn't hard to come by for New York in the early years, making the playoffs in each of the franchise's first 10 seasons and reaching the finals three times. In the late 1960s New York embarked on perhaps the franchise's greatest era. Red Holzman was hired as the head coach in 1967 and constructed a team that would compete with the NBA's elites. With a roster of eventual Hall-of-Famers in Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, Dave DeBusschere, Bill Bradley and eventually Earl Monroe and Jerry Lucas, the Knicks won the NBA championship in the 1969-70 season. Emblematic of that season is the image of Reed limping onto the court to start Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Lakers despite his debilitating leg injury. During the 1972-73 season the Knicks captured their second of two championships, once more at the expense of the Lakers. After winning the draft lottery and landing Patrick Ewing in the 1985 draft, the Knicks again experienced a stretch of success, reaching the NBA finals in 1994 and 1999. The Knicks have retired the numbers of eight players and retired the number 613 for Holzman. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for New York Knicks basketball tickets.
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2016 Knicks Season Preview
The expectations for the New York Knicks were not high coming into last season. In Phil Jackson's third year as the Knicks general manager. improvements were made as they moved from 5th to 3rd in the Atlantic division. Coming into the 2016-2017 season, there have been many roster changes through free agency and trades of strong players. The New York Knicks have brought in point guard Derrick Rose and center Joakim Noah from the Bulls to contribute to a new look for their starting lineup. Both Rose and Noah are expected to take the Knicks into the playoffs if they can stay healthy even though they have experienced recent injuries. Returning starters Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis will also be a crucial part when combined with the new roster additions. Phil Jackson has said that for a successful 2016-2017 season the Knicks’ team will need to unite after all these changes and play as a team, not as individuals. Whether you are planning on cheering on the New York Knicks at home or on the road, TicketCity has some of the best deals for Knicks’ tickets.
New York Knicks Basketball at Madison Square Garden Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, New York, 10001
The Knicks play their home games at Madison Square Garden, located in New York, New York. Noted as the world's most famous arena, "MSG" holds almost 20,000 screaming Knicks fans when filled to capacity. At the end of a massive renovation project, The Garden's hallways are lined with memorable moments in the arena's illustrious history. The New York Knicks home bench is on the MSG court side in front of section 6. Madison Square Garden parking information is covered in our Knicks event guide.
As two of the three remaining teams from the original 1946 NBA, this rivalry has more history than any other in the league. With over 445 regular season matchups and another 65+ playoff meetings, these two iconic franchises have seen it all when they meet up. A rivalry that is built off mutual respect, this matchup will only continue to add to the impressive history in the years to come.
With close proximity between the two teams when the Nets played in New Jersey, this rivalry became one of the more intense matchups in the NBA. With the Nets moving closer to Brooklyn, this rivalry will only take off. Bragging rights and hostility between the fan bases has been a staple of this matchup and that will only continue with both franchises battling for New York supremacy.
Knicks vs. Bulls
These two teams have met every season since 1966, but evolved into one of the top rivalries in the NBA in the late 1980s and early 1990s when both teams competed for an NBA title on a regular basis. The two teams often met in the playoffs during that stretch and with iconic players like Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing gracing the court, it was no surprise that this became one of the better rivalries. This rivalry has picked up steam in recent years with both teams having success again.
Knicks vs. Heat
A rivalry that has been built on physical play, this matchup has been a staple in the NBA. With four consecutive playoff meetings in the mid-90s, the stakes are often at its highest when these two teams play. This rivalry intensified when legendary head coach Pat Riley became the leader of the Heat after serving in the same role with the Knicks for many seasons.
Knicks in the NBA Finals, Eastern Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Knicks are one of the more legendary franchises in NBA history. As a member of the league for over 60 years and playing in an iconic arena like Madison Square Garden, it is hard to find many organizations that match the history of the Knicks. New York has won multiple NBA championships to go along with their 7+ conference championships.
2015 New York Knicks Season Preview
Year two on Phil Jackson’s revamp of the New York Knicks saw the team fall to their worst record in franchise history. The Knicks struggled in every aspect of the game, and only pulled in 17 total wins. The 2015-16 New York Knicks will be an entirely new team. Carmelo Anthony is back and healthy, and will play alongside highly touted rookie Kristaps Porzingis. The duo of Anthony and Porzingis, when combined with newly signed center Robin Lopez, should be one of the most dangerous front courts in the NBA. The Knicks also brought in shooting guards Arron Afflalo, and Sasha Vujacic to give Jose Calderon an outside shooting threat to dish the ball to. It is hard to put a finger on how good the 2015-16 New York Knicks will be, but it is hard to see them in the basement of the Eastern Conference this season. Look for the New York Knicks to compete for the Eastern Conference playoffs late in the season.
2014 New York Knicks Season Preview
A year after winning over 50 games and a solid playoff appearance in 2012-2013, the New York Knicks came into the 2013 NBA season looking capable of making a run at the Eastern Conference Finals and the NBA Finals. But the wheels fell off early and the Knicks finished the season in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, outside of the playoff picture. In steps basketball legend Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations for the Knicks. Jackson quickly installed one of his protégés Derek Fisher as the head coach and has made major roster changes. Gone from the New York Knicks 2014 roster are frustrating players Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler. In their place will be Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert as well as talented rooky Cleanthony Early. Returning stars J.R. Smith and Amar’e Stoudemire will attempt to bounce back after frustrating seasons last year. But once again it looks like the weight of the New York Knicks chances will fall on Carmelo Anthony’s shoulders. Anytime Carmelo is on the court the Knicks have a chance to win and the Knicks will be a serious threat to make the playoffs once again.
2013 New York Knicks Season Preview
A #2 playoff seed behind solid outside shooting turned into a disappointing exit when the shots stopped falling, but the New York Knicks are sure they can contend for an Eastern Conference championship once again in 2013. New York added Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, Cole Aldrich and Beno Udrih to a team that won 54 games in the 2012-13 season, and while they gave up a lot in the trade to get Bargnani, the big man will give Carmelo an inside presence they’ve been lacking with Amar’e Stoudemire constantly injured. The Knicks will open the season at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 3, with the Minnesota Timberwolves coming to the Big Apple. Other key home games will be vs. San Antonio on Nov. 10, vs. the Bulls on Dec. 11, and vs. Brooklyn on Jan. 20 that now includes Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
2012 New York Knicks Season Preview
A year removed from one of the tensest trade negotiations in NBA history (and possibly what locked in the owners to the lockout), Carmelo Anthony will start his first full year as a New York Knick alongside Amar’e Stoudemire and the newly signed Tyson Chandler. Last year ended with a six seed and first round exit in the playoffs, but with fellow first full year Knick Chauncy Billups leading the charge at the point, Anthony and Stoudemire will look to whip the Garden faithful into a frenzy in 2012 that will take them further into the playoffs.
2011 New York Knicks Season Preview
The New York Knicks put a lot of emphasis in getting LeBron James this offseason, and while they did not land the coveted free agent prize, they still made several moves that could put them back in the playoff picture for the first time since 2003. The signing of Amare Stoudemire was one of the biggest moves of the offseason, and provides New York with one of the most talented scorers in the league. Although his consistency is sometimes questioned, his athleticism and 6-foot-10 frame give him tremendous potential. In addition to a premiere scorer, the Knicks also have a surprising amount of depth. Raymond Felton, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler and Landry Fields are all reliable defenders and can be called on to score if need be. Coach Mike D'Antoni will have to focus on improving his team's rebounding this year. They ranked 23rd in the league in rebounds last season, and will rely heavily on Anthony Randolph and Stoudemire to grab a larger number of boards. The Knicks have been in rebuilding mode for a long time, and fans are beginning to get impatient, but the pieces are in place for New York to be competitive in the East once again.
2010 New York Knicks Season Preview
New York Knicks fans have to be excited about the upcoming 2009-2010 NBA season because their team has the feeling of a future contender. Head Coach Mike D'Antoni has brought some excitement back to the Garden with his brand of up tempo basketball that has New York scores baskets in bunches. If the Knicks get a solid season out of Al Harrington, David Lee and Nate Robinson then New York could steal a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
2009 New York Knicks Season Preview
The Knicks have some talent on the roster this year, but it will be up to the unselfishness of the team to see them really thrive. Coach Mike D'Antoni will have to work with Zach Randolph and Eddy Curry to make sure his offense is able to support itself with passing under heavy man-to-man defense. This basketball team has the potential to do great things, as long as they do them together. Be watching this Knicks team this year, as they could make a serious push for the playoffs.