New York Knicks in History

Events in Sport

  • 1845-09-23 1st baseball team, NY Knickerbockers organize, adopt rule code
  • 1851-06-03 1st baseball uniforms worn when the NY Knickerbockers wear a uniform of straw hats, white shirts and blue long trousers
  • 1946-11-01 First Basketball Association of America game; New York Knicks beat Toronto Huskies 68-66 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto
  • 1946-11-11 New York Knicks' 1st game at Madison Square Garden, lose 78-68 to Chicago Stags
  • 1951-04-21 NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat New York Knicks, 79-75 to take series 4 games to 3; first Finals appearance for both teams
  • 1952-04-25 6th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • 1953-04-10 NBA Championship Finals, Minneapolis Auditorium, Minnesota, MN: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 91-84 for a 4-1 series victory; Lakers' 5th title in 6 years
  • 1960-11-11 Largest NY Knick 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-18,499

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1960-11-15 Elgin Baylor of NBA LA Lakers scores 71 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

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1961-03-09 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1961-12-04 Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)
  • 1962-02-25 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks for the second year in a row
  • 1962-03-02 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points, most ever by an NBA player in a single game, during Warriors' 169-147 win over NY Knicks in Hershey; 36-of-63 from field, 28-of-32 from free-throw line
  • 1962-11-16 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 73 points vs NY Knicks
  • 1965-11-09 1st NY Knick game postponed (black-out) vs St Louis
  • 1965-12-04 2nd NY Knicks game postponed (due to death of opponent 76ers' owner)

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1970-01-20 20th NBA All-Star Game, Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa: East beats West, 142-135; MVP: Willis Reed, NY Knicks, C; Tom and Dick Van Arsdale, first brothers to play in same NBA All-Star Game

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • 1970-05-03 24th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1970-11-21 NY Knicks 1st game against Cleve Cavalier, Knicks win 102-94 at Madison Square Garden
  • 1972-02-20 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
  • 1972-05-07 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 1972-10-15 Omni in Atlanta opens - Hawks beat NY Knicks 109-101
  • 1973-05-10 27th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1975-01-14 25th NBA All-Star Game, Arizona Vets Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Az: East beats West, 108-102; MVP: Walt Frazier, NY Knicks, PG

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • 1976-10-21 NY Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed
  • 1979-10-15 NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier
  • 1981-10-20 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99
  • 1981-11-17 NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws
  • 1984-11-01 First NBA game at LA Memorial Sports Arena - LA Clippers beat NY Knicks, 107-105
  • 1989-01-07 Cleve Cavs block 21 NY Knick shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • 1990-04-28 Boston Celtics score most points in a playoff, beat NY Knicks 157-128

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1990-12-01 New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing scores career high 22 field goals in his 50 point haul in 113-96 win v Charlotte at Madison Square Garden

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • 1991-11-22 NY Knicks pay Patrick Ewing a record $18.8 million for 2 yr extension
  • 1992-04-12 2nd lowest NBA scoring game - Detroit Piston 72, NY Knicks 61
  • 1993-03-23 NY Knicks & Phoenix Suns get into a major brawl
  • 1994-04-05 Miami Heat beat NY Knicks ending 15 game NBA winning streak
  • 1994-06-01 Indiana guard Reggie Miller drills an NBA Playoff record 5 three-pointers in the 4th quarter of the Pacers’ 93-86 win over host New York Knicks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals

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1994-06-22 48th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon
  • 1995-03-19 NBA NY Knicks beat NY Nets in 100th meeting (Knicks 53 Nets 47)
  • 1995-04-21 Boston Celtics final game at Boston Gardens, NY Knicks win 98-92
  • 1999-06-25 53rd NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 2001-01-11 New York Knicks hold an opponent under 100 points for NBA-record 29th straight game in a 76-75 loss to the Houston Rockets; streak snaps 46-year-old NBA record of 28 straight set by the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1954-55

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2003-12-22 The New York Knicks hire Isiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas

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2014-03-18 Phil Jackson signs a five-year contract to be president of the New York Knicks

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson
  • 2019-01-31 Blockbuster NBA trade: NY Knicks send Kristaps Porziņģis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee & Trey Burke to Dallas Mavericks for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews & 2 future 1st-round picks

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2019-06-30 Brooklyn Nets load up on elite NBA talent on first day of free agency; sign Kevin Durant from Golden State, Kyrie Irving from Boston and DeAndre Jordan from NY Knicks

NBA Player Kyrie Irving
NBA Player
Kyrie Irving

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1916-08-06 E. Michael Burke, sports executive (President New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden), born in Enfield, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • 1920-08-10 William "Red" Holzman, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (New York Knicks 14 seasons), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1998)
  • 1920-09-14 Bud Palmer, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and sportscaster, born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • 1927-09-25 Carl Braun, American basketball player (NY Knicks), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1932-03-26 Al Bianchi, American basketball guard, coach and general manager (Philadelphia 76ers, Virginia Squires; GM NY Knicks), born in Queens, NY (d. 2019)
  • 1933-08-17 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Watsonville, California (d. 2017)
  • 1934-10-07 Willie Naulls, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1936-10-02 Dick Barnett, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1968; NBA C'ship 1970, 73 NY Knicks), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1937-07-13 Cal Ramsey, American basketball broadcaster, small forward (NY Knicks), born in Selma, Alabama (d. 2019)

Person of interestJerry Lucas

1940-03-30 Jerry Lucas, NBA center (Olympic gold 1960, NY Knicks), born in Middletown, Ohio

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • 1940-09-14 Larry Brown, American NBA player and coach (NY Knicks), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestDave DeBusschere

1940-10-16 Dave DeBusschere, NBA forward (NY Knick)/last ABA commissioner, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • 1941-05-09 Howard Komives, American NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2009)

Person of interestWillis Reed

1942-06-25 Willis Reed, American NBA hall of fame MVP center/coach (NY Knicks), born in Hico, Louisiana

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • 1943-02-22 Dick Van Arsdale, American NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Person of interestBill Bradley

1943-07-28 Bill Bradley, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (2-time NBA champion NY Knicks), Democratic US Senator (1979-97), born in Crystal City, Missouri

Basketball Player and US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player and US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • 1944-11-21 Earl "the Pearl" Monroe, NBA Guard (NY Knicks, Balt Bullets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestWalt Frazier

1945-03-29 Walt "Clyde" Frazier, NBA guard (NY Knicks), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • 1951-05-08 Mike D'Antoni, American-Italian basketball guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2005, 17; Houston Rockets 2016-19; LA Lakers, NY Knicks, Phoenix), born in Mullens, West Virginia
  • 1955-10-19 Lonnie Shelton, NBA forward (NY Knick, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1955-12-11 Stu Jackson, NBA coach (NY Knicks (1989-90), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1956-09-08 Maurice Cheeks, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Philadelphia '76ers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956-12-04 Bernard King, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (NBA All-Star 1982, 84-85, 91; NY Knicks, Washington Bullets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1957-07-30 Bill Cartwright, American basketball center, coach (3-time NBA champion, Chicago Bulls), born in Lodi, California
  • 1958-02-16 Herb Williams, NBA center (Toronto Raptors, NY Knicks)
  • 1960-03-08 Buck Williams, NBA forward (Portland Trail Blazers, NY Knicks)
  • 1961-10-13 Derek Harper, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Orlando Magic), born in Elberton, Georgia

Person of interestPatrick Ewing

1962-08-05 Patrick Ewing, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic gold 1992), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • 1963-11-09 Anthony Bowie, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Orlando Magic), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1963-12-18 Charles Oakley, NBA forward (NY Knicks)
  • 1964-07-09 Ronnie Grandison, American NBA forward (NY Knicks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964-09-29 Brad Lohaus, NBA forward/center (NY Knicks)
  • 1965-02-22 Chris Dudley, American NBA center (NY Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • 1965-04-01 Mark Jackson, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1989; Rookie of the Year 1988; NY Knicks), coach (Golden State Warriors) and broadcaster (ESPN), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1965-04-21 Gary Grant, NBA guard (NY Knicks)
  • 1965-08-10 John Starks, NBA guard (NY Knicks)
  • 1966-12-14 Anthony Mason, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1967-01-08 Willie Anderson, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Olympic bronze 1988), born in Greenville, California
  • 1967-05-28 Glen Rice, American basketball guard and forward (3-time NBA All Star; NBA C'ship 2000; Charlotte Hornets, NY Knicks), born in Jacksonville, Arkansas
  • 1967-11-20 Chris Childs, NBA guard (NJ Nets, NY Knicks)
  • 1969-03-14 Larry Johnson, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, NY Knicks)
  • 1969-04-04 Anthony Tucker, American basketball forward (NY Knicks), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969-08-31 Victor Alexander, NBA forward/center (NY Knicks)
  • 1970-01-25 Chris Mills, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, NY Knicks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970-05-17 Hubert Davis, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, NY Knicks)
  • 1970-10-12 Charlie Ward, American basketball guard (NBA: NY Knicks) and College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1993, Florida State), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1971-04-20 Allan Houston, American basketball player (NY Knicks, Detroit Pistons), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1974-06-16 David Fizdale, American basketball head coach (New York Knicks 2018-19; Memphis Grizzlies 2016-17), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981-09-28 José Calderón, Spanish basketball point guard (captain Spain gold FIBA World C'ship 2006; Olympic silver 08, 12; NBA: Toronto, Detroit, Dallas, NY Knicks; Cleveland), born in Villanueva de la Serena, Spain
  • 1984-05-29 Carmelo Anthony, American basketball forward (10-time NBA All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1984-06-26 Raymond Felton, American basketball player (New York Knicks), born in Marion, South Carolina
  • 1988-10-04 Derrick Rose, American basketball point guard (NBA Draft 2008 #1 overall pick Chicago Bulls; NBA MVP 2011; NBA All-Star 2010–12), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1995-08-02 Kristaps Porziņģis, Latvian basketball center (NBA All-Star 2018; NY Knicks, Dallas Mavericks), born in Liepāja, Latvia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1987-02-05 E. Michael Burke, sports executive (President New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden), dies at 70
  • 1990-08-31 Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton, NY Knick, dies at 65 of a heart attack
  • 1998-11-13 William "Red" Holzman, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (New York Knicks 14 seasons), dies leukemia at 78
  • 2009-03-22 Howard Komives, American NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves), dies at 67
  • 2010-02-10 Carl Braun, American basketball player (NY Knicks), dies at 82
  • 2013-03-19 Bud Palmer, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and sportscaster, dies at 91
  • 2015-02-28 Anthony Mason, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • 2017-04-23 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), dies at 83
  • 2019-03-25 Cal Ramsey, American basketball broadcaster, small forward (NY Knicks), dies of cardiac arrest at 81
  • 2019-10-28 Al Bianchi, American basketball guard, coach and general manager (Philadelphia 76ers, Virginia Squires; GM NY Knicks), dies from congestive heart failure at 87