Head Coach: David Fizdale
The New York Knickerbockers, also referred to as the Knicks, are based in the borough of Manhattan, New York City. The team is part of the league’s Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Established in 1946 and part of the founding members of the Basketball Association of America, the Knicks transitioned to the NBA after merging with the National Basketball League.
The Knicks found success under the supervision of the franchise’s first head coach, Joe Lapchick, and were regular playoff contenders. After Lapchick stepped down in 1956, the team failed to make any significant achievements until the late 1960s when Red Holzman became head coach and led the Knicks to two NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973.
The 1990s saw the Knicks rival top contenders Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacer, and the Miami Heat. During this time, they were recognized for their solid defense under coaches Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy, attending two NBA Finals in 1994 and 1999, but unable to deliver the win. Since 2000, the team have struggled to contend for the finals and only managed to win one division title in 2012/2013 season.