New York Knicks: The Complete Illustrated History

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9780760343319: New York Knicks: The Complete Illustrated History

Playing in the “Basketball Mecca” of Madison Square Garden, the New York Knickerbockers are a team steeped in history. With origins dating back to 1946 in the Basketball Association of America, the Knicks were a charter member of the NBA and have boasted a long list of all-time great players, from Harry “The Horse” Gallatin to Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Bill Bradley, Patrick Ewing and John Starks, to current stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, as well as such legendary coaches as Red Holtzman and Pat Riley.

 The legend of the New York Knicks has been enhanced by several heated rivalries over the course of the team’s history: from Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics in the late 1960s, to 1990s battles with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers, and Alonzo Mourning’s Miami Heat. Today, as the Knicks emerge as a team on the rise, these Eastern Conference rivalries are fierce once again.
 New York Knicks: The Complete Illustrated History presents the full history of this storied franchise, with all the on-court feats and off-court exploits of the orange and blue. Profiles of the top players and coaches from the team’s history, along with a rich collection of photography and memorabilia, create the ultimate, authoritative celebration of a beloved basketball team.

 

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Playing in the “Basketball Mecca” of Madison Square Garden, the New York Knickerbockers are a team steeped in history. A charter member of the NBA, the Knicks have boasted a long line of legendary players, beginning with early stars like Bud Palmer, “Harry the Horse” Gallatin, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, and Dick McGuire, and continuing through the championship era under coach Red Holzman with Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley, and Phil Jackson, among others. Although this seminal hoops franchise has not captured another NBA title since then, there has been no shortage of hardwood heroes in blue and orange. Bernard King kept the Garden rocking during the 1980s, and Rick Pitino brought renewed intensity and excitement when he took over as head coach later that decade. The arrival of Patrick Ewing ushered in a new era of success, and bolstered by such gritty players as Charles Oakley, John Starks, and Anthony Mason, Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley brought New York to championship contention in the ’90s. Jeff Van Gundy picked up where Riley left off, behind a new group of stars led by Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell. As the franchise closes out its seventh decade, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire look to return the team to glory, and inspired play from the likes of Jeremy “Linsanity” Lin and Iman Shumpert is bringing renewed hope to Knicks fans everywhere.

 In New York Knicks: The Complete Illustrated History, author Alan Hahn takes you through the full history of this storied team, with all the on-court feats and off-court exploits of the orange and blue. Profiles of the top players, coaches, and executives, along with a rich collection of photos and memorabilia, create the ultimate celebration of a beloved basketball team.

 

About the Author:

Alan Hahn (Holbrook, NY) is a studio analyst for MSG Network on pre- and post-game shows of all New York Knicks broadcasts and has co-hosted sports radio talk shows for ESPN Radio in New York. Prior to making the move to television and radio, Hahn was the Knicks beat writer and NBA columnist for Newsday, where he worked for more than 15 years also covering the New York Islanders and pro hockey. His passion for writing continues with the popular “Knicks Fix” blog on the MSG Network website. He is the author of 100 Things Knicks Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die and Birth of a Dynasty: The 1980 New York Islanders and coauthor of Fish Sticks: The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders. He currently resides in Holbrook, New York.

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