The New York Knicks have made quite a bit of noise this season as they’ve climbed into the top six of the Eastern Conference. New York isn’t a contender yet, but the organization is headed down the right path.
The Knicks are looking to earn their second playoff berth in three seasons. After breaking an eight-year playoff drought in 2020-21, the team followed that up by finishing No. 11 in the conference last season, just out of reach of the play-in tournament. During the offseason, the Knicks inked Jalen Brunson to a four-year, $104 million contract in free agency, which has already paid off big time.
Behind the guidance of Brunson and Julius Randle, there’s a chance that New York could advance past the first round of the playoffs for only the second time since the 1999-2000 season. Knicks fans are understandably excited about the level of basketball that New York has been playing.
The goal for the Knicks organization, along with the other 29 organizations in the NBA, is to win a title. It’s been a long, long time since that happened in New York.
Knicks last won an NBA Championship 50 years ago in 1972-1973 season
Ironically enough, this year marks exactly 50 years since the Knicks last won an NBA title. On Feb. 26, New York honored the championship team at halftime of the Knicks-Pelicans game at the Garden. Clyde Frazier, arguably the greatest Knick of all time, addressed the crowd while on break from being an analyst for MSG Networks. He was part of the two championships that New York has won (1970, 1973).
Looking back at the Knicks’ history, it makes sense why NYC was electric in 2020-21 when the team finished No. 4 in the East. The Knicks were a disappointment in the first round of the playoffs against the Hawks, but this year’s team is better than that one.
New York still has a ways to go before being regarded as a team that could make it to the NBA Finals. As fans know, though, a championship team isn’t built overnight. Patience is key.
When that long-awaited day comes, New York City will be the place to be.