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During the Knicks’ slide into uselessness, there were signs of better things to come. In 1964, the Knicks draft Willis Reed, who went on to become 1965’s NBA Rookie of the Year. In 1967, right after the Knicks made it to the playoffs for the first time since 1959; the Knicks hired Red Holzman as their head coach. With Holzman at the helm, and young players such as Bill Bradley and Walt “Clyde” Frazier, the Knicks were a playoff team once more in 1968.

The next season, the Knicks team acquired Dave DeBusschere from the Detroit Pistons, and the team went 54-28. In the ensuing playoffs, the Knicks team made it past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 1953, sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in three games, before falling to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Division finals.

In the 1969-70 seasons, the Knicks had a then-NBA record 18 straight victories en route to 60-22 record, which was the best regular season record in the team’s history. After defeating the Bullets in the Eastern Division semifinals and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Division finals, the Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games to capture their first NBA title.

Without question, the important moment in the series occurred in Game 7, where an injured Reed limped onto the court right previous to the start of the game. Marv Albert described it: “Here comes Willis! The crowd is going wild! Willis passes the scorers table, he grabs a basketball. The Lakers have congested (shooting), the Lakers are watching Willis!” He scored the game’s first two baskets before sitting out for the remainder of the contest. Despite his absence for most of the game, Reed’s heroics inspired the team, and they won the game by a score of 113-99.

The entire starting line up for the 69-70 Knicks had their jerseys retired by the New York Knicks. The jerseys of Walt Clyde Frazier #10, Willis Reed #19, Dave DeBusschere #22, Bill Bradley #24, and Dick Barnett #12 all hang from the rafters at Madison Square Garden. Reed walking on to the court was voted the greatest moment in Madison Square Garden history.

The Knicks’ success continued for the next few years. After losing to the Bullets in the 1971 Eastern Conference finals, the team, aided by the acquisitions of Jerry Lucas and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, returned to the Finals in 1972. This time the Knicks fell to the Lakers in five games. The next year, the results were reversed, as the Knicks defeated the Lakers in five games to win their second NBA title. The team had one more impressive season in 1973-74, as they reached the Eastern Conference finals, where they fell in five games to the Celtics. It was after this season that Reed announced his retirement, and the team’s fortunes took turn for the worse.

In the 1974-75 season, the Knicks posted a 40-42 record, their first losing record in eight seasons. However, the record still qualified them for a playoff spot, though the Knicks lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round. After two more seasons with losing records, Holzman was replaced behind the bench by Reed. In Reed’s first year coaching the team, they posted a 43-39 record and made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they were swept by the Philadelphia 76ers. The next season, after the team got off to a 6-8 start, Holzman was rehired as the team’s coach. The Knicks team did not fare any better that season, finishing with a 31-51 record, their worst in thirteen years.

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  1. […] Golden Age at one point in NBA history, the New York Knicks were the most feared team to beat. The Knicks won two championships in 1970 and 1973 with legends Walt Frazier (22.4 PPG) and Earl Monroe (21.7 […]

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