New York Knicks Tickets
The team name is short for Knickerbockers, the pride of the city's basketball fans, are the only one of the two remaining charter members of the National Basketball Association (NBA) still in their original cities. The team, along with ten other teams, had their beginnings on June 6, 1946, when the Basketball Association of America (BAA) – the forerunner of today’s NBA, was formed. The Knicks’ history in this new league began on November 1, 1946, when it played its first match in Toronto, beating the Toronto Huskies 68-66. The History – In Brief
The history of the Knicks can be divided into three eras – the 1950s, the 1970s and the 1990s up to the current time.
Just before the 1949-50 season, the BAA and the National Basketball League (NBL) merged to form the NBA, and the Knicks reached their first NBA final in the 1950-51 season, losing to the Rochester Royals in the dying seconds, 79-75. Subsequently, they reached the NBA championship finals again in 1952 and 1953, but never won. This was followed by lean years right into the decade of the 1960s, when from 1960 to 1966, the Knicks touched the bottom of the NBA’s Eastern Division – each year.
The decade of the 1970s was when the team recovered their reputation, by first winning the 1970 NBA championship – their first - at the Madison Square Garden, beating Los Angeles Lakers. They followed this by beating them again in 1973 to win their second NBA championship. The following years had mixed results, until they had an unforgettable run to the finals in the 1988-89 season.
The Knicks were the first team in the history of NBA to be seeded # 8 and reach the finals. They lost to the San Antonio Spurs, though, 78-77.
For a very short time, they again became a dominant team, thanks to the presence of Patrick Ewing. They advanced to the NBA finals in 1994, and again in 1999. Unfortunately, the Knicks are not doing too well in the current season, as well, with a very dismal win-loss record. Why Knickerbockers?
Knickerbockers refer to the style of pants, rolled up just below the knees. Its origins can be traced to the early Dutch settlers, in the 1600s, to what is New York today. The term Knickerbocker came to be associated with New York right from that time. This was shortened to Knicks.
The first sports team to use the name ‘Knickerbockers’ was Alexander Cartwright’s Manhattan-based baseball team – New York Knickerbockers - in 1845. When the basketball team became the part of BAA in 1946, the legendary Ned Irish decided to call it the Knickerbockers.The Tickets
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