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Professional basketball team based in New York City

  • New York Knickerbockers is a professional basketball team based in New York City. It is also popularly known as Knicks.
  • They are part of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • Established in 1946, the organization was a founding member of the Basketball Association of America, which became the NBA after a merger with the rival National Basketball League in 1949.
  • The Knicks are one of only two teams of the original NBA still located in its original city (the other being the Boston Celtics).
  • Japanese player Wataru Musaka was the first non-caucasion player in the NBA (BAA), joining the New York Knicks in 1947.
  • The Knicks were also the first team to sign an African-American player, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, in 1950.
  • Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game was against the New York Knicks.
  • Willis Reed played with a torn muscle in his leg in game 7 of the 1969-70 season, to inspire the Knicks to their first NBA Championship.
  • Phil Jackson, who coached both the Bulls and Lakers to multiple NBA Championships, played for the Knicks during the '70's.
  • The New York Knicks won the first ever NBA Draft Lottery in 1985. They used the #1 pick to draft Patrick Ewing.
  • Reggie Miller scored 8 points in 8 seconds in the '94-95 playoffs to defeat the Knicks.
  • The Knicks became the first 8-seed to make it to the NBA Finals in the shortened '98-'99 season.
  • Jeremy Lin who plays for the team is the first American player in the NBA to be of Chinese or of Taiwanese descent.
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