Though the team is still owned by Dolan, coach Mike Woodson, who led the 2012-13 Knicks to their last playoff appearance, is now an assistant on Doc Rivers' Los Angeles Clippers coaching staff.
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The Knicks were successful during their early years and were constant playoff contenders under the franchise's first head coach Joe Lapchick. Beginning in 1950, the Knicks made three consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals, all of which were losing efforts. Lapchick resigned in 1956 and the team subsequently began to falter.During an appearance on Sirius XM NBA Radio,. Woodson won 54 games with the Knicks in 2012-13 and won a playoff series that season -- their only playoff series win since 2000.The playoff-level Knicks of the 1990s were led by future Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing when the Knicks made two appearances in the NBA Finals, in 1994 and 1999, though they were unable to win an NBA championship. Since 2000, the Knicks have struggled to regain their former glory.
Closeout games in a seven-game series are the toughest for any team. On Sunday, the Knicks made it known they wouldn’t go quietly with a spirited 89-87 win over the Heat in Game 4 of the Eastern.Read More
As for the Knicks, the team's fortunes on the court, starting with the free-agent acquisition of Amar'e Stoudemire last off-season, have rebounded after a seven-year absence from the playoff picture.Read More
Anthony won his lone scoring title with the Knicks in 2012-13 - the last time they reached the playoffs and the only time they won 50 games since 2000. Perhaps not surprisingly, he is New York's.Read More
The playoff-level Knicks of the 1990s were led by future Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing; this era was marked by passionate rivalries with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and Miami Heat. During this time, they were known for playing tough defense under head coaches Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy, making two appearances in the NBA Finals, in 1994 and 1999.Read More
While Reed scored the first two baskets of the game and played a limited time of 27 minutes, Walt Frazier had one of the greatest Game 7 performances in the Finals to this date. Playing 44 minutes, he led the Knicks with 36 points, 19 assists, and seven rebounds.Read More
Wilkens led the struggling Knicks to a playoff appearance in 2004 too, so his resignation dashed a lot of fans’ hopes. This is because at the time, Wilkens was the winningest coach in NBA history.Read More
Bloomfield is into his 17th season with Wanderers, for whom he has made over 500 appearances in all competitions, while he has been part of the sides that have been promoted and relegated three times.Read More
On the other hand, the Lakers were making their 13th appearance in the Finals but hadn't won in their previous seven appearances which included an 0-3 record in Game 7 of the NBA Finals So, the history books favoured the hosts in the Knicks but they were possibly suiting up without their star center in Willis Reed, who was injured in Game 5 which forced him to miss Game 6.Read More
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Knicks captain Willis Reed celebrates in the locker room after his team defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 113-99, in the seventh and deciding game of the NBA Finals at Madison Square Garden, May 8.Read More