The New York Knickerbockers, commonly referred to as the Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in New York City.
The City of New York, often called New York City, New York, or simply The City, is the most populous city in the United States.
Basketball is a sport, generally played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court.
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The Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association as a member club of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.
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The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden, located in the borough of Manhattan.
Manhattan is the most densely populated borough of New York City, its economic and administrative center, and the city's historical birthplace.
They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other is the Brooklyn Nets.
Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City's five boroughs, with a Census-estimated 2,636,735 residents in 2015.
The team, established by Ned Irish in 1946, was one of the founding members of the Basketball Association of America, which became the NBA after merging with the rival National Basketball League in 1949.
Edward S. "Ned" Irish was a basketball promoter and one of the key figures in popularizing professional basketball.
Along with the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of only two original NBA teams still located in its original city.
The Knicks were successful during their early years and were constant playoff contenders under the franchise's first head coach Joe Lapchick.
Joseph Bohomiel Lapchick was a professional basketball player, mostly known for playing with the Original Celtics in the 1920s and 1930s.
Beginning in 1950, the Knicks made three consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals, all of which were losing efforts.
The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association played between the Western and Eastern champions of the Conference Finals.
It was not until the late 1960s when Red Holzman became head coach that the Knicks began to regain their former dominance.
William "Red" Holzman was an NBA basketball player and coach probably best known as the head coach of the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1982.
Year 613 was a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar.
Holzman successfully guided the Knicks to two NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973.
The Knicks of the 1980s had mixed success that included six playoff appearances; however, they failed to participate in the NBA Finals.
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.
Patrick Aloysius Ewing is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player.
During this time, they were known for playing tough defense under head coaches Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy.
Jeffrey William "Jeff" Van Gundy is an American basketball coach and TV analyst.
During this era, 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.
In 2012–13, the franchise won its first division title in 19 years, but was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Indiana Pacers.
According to a 2016 Forbes report, the Knicks were the most-valuable NBA franchise, worth approximately $3 billion.