New York Knicks has won 2 NBA Championship Ring in year 1970 and 1973.
New York Knicks Franchise History
The team, established by Ned Irish in 1946, was one of the founding members of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which became the NBA after merging with the rival National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949.
Furthermore, the New York 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.
It was not until the late 1960s when Red Holzman became the head coach that the Knicks began to regain their former dominance.
However, Holzman successfully guided the Knicks to win two NBA Championship Ring, in 1970 and 1973.
Later, 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.
During this time, they were known for playing tough defense under head coaches Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy, making NBA Finals appearances in 1994 and 1999.
However, they were unable to win an NBA championship during this era.
Since 2000, the Knicks have struggled to regain their former successes, but won their first division title in 19 years in 2012–13, led by a core of forwards Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.
They were eventually eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Indiana Pacers, and had failed to make the playoffs for eight years until 2020–21 when they were led by forward Julius Randle and sophomore RJ Barrett, who was selected third overall in the 2019 NBA draft.
1970 New York Knicks NBA Championship Ring
New York Knicks won their first NBA Championship Ring this season by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 4-3 in the NBA final.
However, Knicks appeared to have a see-saw Game 3 won when Dave DeBusschere made a shot with three seconds left to give New York a 102-100 edge, and the Lakers were stuck with no time outs.
Later, Los Angeles Lakers inbounded to Mr. Clutch, Jerry West, who launched and made a miracle shot from beyond midcourt. It counted only for two points, as only the ABA had a three-point shot at the time, so the game went to overtime, and the Knicks were able to win, 111-108.
Furthermore Willis Reed’s most famous performance took place on May 8, 1970 in Game 7 played at Madison Square Garden.
Due to a severe thigh injury suffered in Game 5, a torn muscle that kept him out of Game 6, he was considered unlikely to play in Game 7.
Yet Reed surprised the fans by walking onto the court during warmups, prompting widespread applause.
Starting the game, he scored the Knicks’ first two field goals on his first two shot attempts, his only points of the game.
He then played defense on Wilt Chamberlain, limiting him to two shots made in nine attempts. When Willis Reed left for good with 3:05 left in the first half, the Knicks led 61-37.
Walt “Clyde” Frazier took it from there, finishing with 36 points and 19 assists as the Knicks won the championship, 113-99.
Following the game in the winner’s locker room, a moved Howard Cosell told Reed on national television, “You exemplify the very best that the human spirit can offer.”
This was the first NBA Championship Ring won by the franchise. Willis Reed was named the NBA Finals MVP.
1973 New York Knicks NBA Championship Ring
New York Knicks won their second NBA Championship Ring by winning the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 in the NBA Finals.
Firstly, the New York Knicks advanced to the Finals round by eliminating the Boston Celtics in Game 7 played in Boston.
Also, the Los Angeles Lakers entered the playoffs as one of the co-favorite in the West.
Later, entering the NBA Finals by sending the Golden State Warriors back in game 5.
However, losing to the New York Knicks in the Finals.
Above all, theses are the only two NBA Championship Ring won by the New York Knicks till today.