The Knicks are one of two teams based in New York City, with the other being Brooklyn Nets. The New York Knicks are a part of the Atlantic Division in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and have won two championships to date.
The Knicks are currently owned by Madison Square Garden Sports Corp., a company that manages professional sports teams. Besides the Knicks, MSG Sports also own NHL’s New York Rangers.
The Dolan family owns a major stake in MSG Sports. James L. Dolan, the Executive Chairman, and CEO is also the owner of the Knicks franchise. Leon Rose is currently serving as the President of the Knicks, while Scott Perry is the team’s General Manager.
The New York Knicks play their home games at the celebrated Madison Square Garden, colloquially known as ‘The Garden’ or ‘MSG’ by Knicks fans. The Madison Square Garden is the oldest arena in the NBA and has been ranked as one of the most expensive stadiums ever built.
The Knicks hired Tom Thibodeau as their head coach in 2020. Thibodeau, who won ‘NBA Head Coach of the Year’ in 2011, replaced interim coach Mike Miller to join his third team in the association as a head coach.
The New York Knicks were formed in 1946 as one of the league’s original eight teams. In fact, the Knicks are the only team besides the Celtics to have never moved from their founding city. They were first affiliated to the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and then joined the NBA after the merger between BAA and NBL (National Basketball League) in 1949.
The Knicks found tremendous success in their early years under Hall of Famer Joe Lapchick. From 1951 to 53, he coached the team to three-successive finals, but they failed to win a championship during his tenure.
After Lapchick left his job, the team desperately needed a head coach. The struggles were visible until Red Holzman took over in 1967, the same year Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier signed for the team.
The Knicks won both their championships in the 70s decade, under the guidance of Holzman, who is regarded as one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history. But during the 80s, the Knicks slowly lost their dominance in the East.
The Celtics reestablished their authority, and the Knicks struggled to cope with the competition. However, they struck gold by selecting Patrick Ewing as the #1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft.
Ewing completely changed the dynamics of the team when he became their franchise player. The Knicks grew into a feared team in the 90s, largely because of their physical game. During a promising decade, the Knicks made it to the finals twice but failed to seize their opportunity.
After the Knicks’ 90s dominance was overthrown, they’ve found it hard to recuperate ever since. The franchise has suffered a major slump over the past two decades through failed signings and imperfect trade deals.
The Knicks have come a long way with their logos. The team has been around for several decades and the logos have evolved along with the trend. Their current logo is a simplistic one that contains the team’s name in blue and orange, which is placed above an orange basketball on a gray triangle.
Surprisingly, the New York Knicks are one of the four teams in the NBA that doesn’t have a mascot. It is quite strange to know that the team has never pushed for a mascot since it attracts large crowds, especially children.
The Knicks, Lakers, Nets, and the Warriors are the only teams in the association without an official mascot! The lack of a mascot makes one of the richest teams in the NBA look incomplete.
Traditionally, the Knicks wear white uniforms for their home games, with stripes of blue and orange surrounding it. Their primary uniform colors include blue, orange, silver, black, and white.
Back in 2017, Squarespace became the Knick’s first jersey sponsor through a multi-year deal. The website building platform is also the team’s main sponsor currently. Besides this, the Knicks have running partnerships with other companies like Pepsi and Royal Caribbean to name a few.
|Head Coach|| |
|Madison Square Garden|
|Championships (2)|| |
Conference Titles (8)
|(1951, 1952, 1953, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1994, 1999)|
|Division Titles (5)|| |
(1971, 1989, 1993, 1994, 2013)
|30||Julius Randle||PF||6-8||250||November 29, 1994|
|9||RJ Barrett||SG||6-6||214||June 14, 2000|
|6||Elfrid Payton||PG||6-3||195||February 22, 1994|
|23||Mitchell Robinson||C||7-0||240||April 1, 1998|
|20||Kevin Knox||SF||6-7||215||August 11, 1999|
|25||Reggie Bullock||SF||6-6||205||March 16, 1991|
|3||Nerlens Noel||C||6-11||220||April 10, 1994|
|8||Austin Rivers||SG||6-4||200||August 1, 1992|
|5||Immanuel Quickley||PG||6-3||190||June 17, 1999|
|21||Theo Pinson (TW)||SG||6-5||212||November 5, 1995|
|11||Frank Ntilikina||PG||6-4||200||July 28, 1998|
|18||Alec Burks||SG||6-6||214||July 20, 1991|
|1||Obi Toppin||PF||6-9||220||March 4, 1998|
|17||Ignas Brazdeikis||SF||6-6||221||January 8, 1999|
|4||Dennis Smith Jr.||PG||6-2||205||November 25, 1997|
|0||Jared Harper (TW)||PG||5-10||175||September 14, 1997|
|Taj Gibson||F||6-9||232||June 24, 1985|
Elfrid Payton (G)
Reggie Bullock (G)
RJ Barrett (F)
Julius Randle (F)
Mitchell Robinson (C)