In the late 1960s and much of the 1970s, the New York Knicks (short for Knickerbockers) could do no wrong. With Red Holtzman as coach, Dave DeBusschere at power forward, Walt “Clyde” Frazier at point guard, future Chicago Bulls and L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson at forward, and Willis Reed at center, the Knicks won championships in 1970 and ’73. Jerry Lucas also contributed to the win in ’73, as did guard Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, who worked well in the backcourt with Frazier.
While the Knicks have not won an NBA basketball championship since 1973, they have had plenty of superstars. These include Patrick Ewing, who set team records from 1985 to 2000 for everything from most points scored to rebounds. In 2010, Amar’e Stoudemire was added to the lineup and in 2011 Carmelo Anthony arrived, but 2012 belonged to former Palo Alto High School sensation Jeremy Lin.