The New York Knickerbockers are a professional basketball team based in New York. The team was established in 1946 and since then have grown a great reputation for being successful in the NBA. To most people the number on an NBA player's jersey is just, a number. But more often than not the number is significant to that player; a birthday, a significant date, or a superstition. Retired numbers is a way to honour and show respect to all-time great players, coaches in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Online sports book and betting website Betway are currently taking bets on the next retired jersey to grace the hall of fame in the NBA this year.
"Clyde" ... Stylish, legendary floor general of both Knicks championship teams ... Catlike moves and finesse enabled him to set unprecedented defensive standard ... Seven-time NBA All-Star (MVP of 1975 Game), four-time all-NBA first team selection ... Named one of 50 Greatest Players of NBA's first half-century ... The all-time Knicks leader in assists (4,791), and is second in games (759), minutes (28,995) and total points (14,617) ... Helped forge Knicks' first NBA title in '70 with virtuoso performance (36 pts, 19 ast, 12-12 FTA) in Game Seven finale vs. Lakers ... Given everlasting "Clyde" moniker by trainer Danny Whelan and late teammate Nate Bowman ... Spent last three NBA seasons with Cleveland ... Elected to Hall of Fame in 1986 ... Has served for more than a decade as Knicks broadcast color analyst.
Author of the unique and unmistakable "question mark" jump shot and backcourt ace for both Knicks title teams ... Spent first five NBA seasons with Syracuse and Los Angeles, then was acquired by Knicks for Bob Boozer on Oct 14, 1965 ... Averaged 15.6 ppg in nine Knicks seasons, including 23.1 ppg in 1965-66 ... 1968 NBA All-Star ... Averaged 14.9 ppg for 1970 NBA Champs ... Tenth on all-time Knicks list in games (604), sixth in minutes (18,442) and seventh in total points (9,442) ... Forever linked to cry of "Fall back, baby!" ... Earned doctorate in education from Fordham in 1991 ... Currently serves as consultant to several pro franchises.
"The Pearl" ... Basketball's consummate showman brought his magic act to the Garden in stunning trade with Bullets, Nov 10, 1971 ... Played nine seasons with Knicks (1971-72 - 1979-80) after spending four in Baltimore ... Averaged 16.2 ppg as a Knick, including 20.9 ppg in 1974-75 and 20.7 ppg in 1975-76 ... Earned long-awaited NBA Championship ring with 15.5 ppg for '73 club, and led Knicks with 23 points in Game Five title clincher vs. Lakers ... Averaged 18.8 ppg for pro career and was four-time NBA All-Star (twice with Knicks) ... Sixth on all-time Knicks career list with 9,679 points ... Enshrined in Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990; Garden Walk of Fame in 1998 ... Named one of NBA's 50 Greatest Players of League's first half-century ... Currently president of Pretty Pearl Entertainment, also involved in construction business and has worked as Knicks radio color analyst.
"Tricky Dick" ... Big Apple product set standard for backcourt wizardry in early days of NBA ... Enjoyed eight standout seasons in Knick livery, earning five All-Star Game designations and leading Knicks to three straight appearances in NBA Finals (1951-52-53) ... Led Knicks in assists for seven straight seasons, and is still third on all-time club list with 2,950 assists ... Career 8.0 ppg scorer as a Knick ... Finished playing career with three years in Detroit ... Has helped shape Knicks destiny for over 40 years, as player, head coach, assistant coach, chief scout, and currently as director of scouting services ... Earned long-overdue Hall of Fame enshrinement in 1993.
"The Captain" ... Backbone of both Knicks championship teams ... Ten unforgettable seasons in New York resulted in seven All-Star Game appearances and five All-NBA designations (first or second team) ... One of 50 Greatest Players of NBA's first half-century ... Made immediate impact in 1964-65 as first Knick ever to be named NBA Rookie of the Year ... Central figure in club's rise to greatness ... Averaged 21.7 ppg in 1969-70 championship season, becoming first NBA player to earn "Triple Crown" of awards (MVP of regular season, All-Star Game and Finals) ... Climaxed Knicks' road to top with inspiring last-minute appearance prior to '70 Game Seven clincher vs. Lakers ... After sitting out virtually all of 1971-72 with injuries, led Knicks to NBA summit again in 1972-73, earning second Finals MVP award ... Second on all-time club list in rebounds (8,414), eighth in games played (650) and third in total points (12,183) ... First Knick to have uniform number retired ... Earned Hall of Fame honors in 1981 ... Coached Knicks for a season-and-a-half in late '70s ... Currently Senior VP of New Jersey Nets.
Hard-nosed blue collar hero proved to be final piece of Knicks' championship puzzle upon acquisition from Detroit in December '68 ... Aggressive frontliner earned NBA All-Defensive honors six times with Knicks, and All-Star Game designation in each of his five full seasons with New York ... Averaged 14.6 ppg in his first full Knicks campaign (1969-70), as New York soared to first NBA title ... Posted 16.3 ppg in second championship season of 1972-73 ... Sixth on all-time club list in rebounds (4,671) ... Averaged 16.1 ppg for 12-year NBA career that started in Detroit, where he also served as player-coach ... Following playing career, served as GM for both Nets and Knicks ... As final commissioner of ABA, was instrumental in pro hoop merger of 1976 ... Elected to Hall of Fame in 1982 ... Named one of NBA's 50 Greatest Players of League's first half-century ... Currently VP/Corporate Development for Williamson, Pickett and Gross, a New York real estate firm.
"Dollar Bill" ... Followed legendary college career at Princeton with 10-year Knick tenure in which he played a key role on both championship teams ... Joined Knicks following Rhodes Scholarship tenure at Oxford ... Posted 14.5 ppg for NBA Champions in 1969-70, and career high 16.1 ppg in second championship season of 1972-73 ... Career .840 free throw shooter, and led Knicks from the line eight straight years ... 1973 NBA All-Star ... Career 12.4 ppg scorer ... Third on all-time club list in games played (742); eighth in total points (9,217) ... Pro debut before sellout house at Old Garden (Dec 9, 1967 vs. Detroit) still ranks as one of most electrifying events in club history ... Dubbed "Dollar Bill" by sportswriter Leonard Lewin at memorable first press conference as a Knick in 1967 ... Elected to Hall of Fame in 1982 ... Served 18-year tenure as U.S. Senator from New Jersey (1978-1996) as prelude to run for Democratic presidential nomination in 2000 ... Delivered memorable keynote addresses at 1992 Democratic Convention at MSG and 2000 Convention in Los Angeles ... Author of five books, including best-sellers "Time Present, Time Past" (1996), "Values of the Game" (1998) and just-published "The Journey From Here" (2000
Ewing, recently named an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets, finished his 17-year NBA career last season as one of the league's top all-time players. Averaging 21.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.45 blocks over 1,183 career games, the 11-time NBA All-Star joined the Knicks from Georgetown University as the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. After a team-record 15 seasons with New York, the 7-foot, 255-pound center became the franchise leader in almost every statistical category including: games played (1,039), points scored (23,665), rebounds (10,759), blocked shots (2,758) and steals (1,061). He was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1986 and selected to seven All-NBA Teams and three NBA All-Defensive Teams, culminating in the honor of being chosen one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.
Knicks honored their legendary mentor by "retiring" his number of regular season victories as NY pilot ... Winningest coach in club history (613-484) led Knicks to both of their NBA titles (1970 and 1973) ... 1970 NBA Coach of the Year ... Had two separate tenures as Knicks mentor (1967-68 thru 1976-77, and again from 1978-79 thru 1981-82) ... Piloted Knicks to five 50+ win seasons and three Eastern Conference titles ... 696 career wins rank him as the 13th winningest coach in NBA annals ... Member of 1951 Rochester Royals club that beat Knicks in NBA Finals ... Earned Hall of Fame honors in 1985 ... Named one of NBA's All-Time Top 10 Coaches of League's first 50 years ... Following coaching career, continued to shape Knicks fortunes as the club's basketball consultant ... Knicks mourned the passing of their club patriarch on November 13, 1998.