Of all the teams in the National Basketball Association the New York Knickerbockers, affectionately referred to as the Knicks by their diehard fans, are one of just two teams who are still located in their original city. From their early beginnings in 1946, the New York Knicks had a strong start as a team. Although the team has had its share of struggles, the Knicks are currently enjoying a bit of the spotlight as they prepare for the playoffs over the next couple of weeks.
The basketball team’s name is a term used to refer to native New Yorkers. However, the term was used as early as the 1600s to refer to Dutch settlers in search of a better life in the New World – particularly New York. In 1809, Washington Irving wrote The History of New York under the pseudonym of Knickerbocker, establishing the name in reference to New York natives.
After Irving’s publication on the history of the Big Apple, the knickerbockers name came to refer more specifically to a New York native whose ancestry could be traced back to original Dutch settlers. Today, however, the affectionate term applies to any individual proud to be a resident of New York and, in fact, to everything related to New York in general.
Since the very beginning, the Knicks were always strong contenders in the playoffs, making three uninterrupted appearances in the finals practically moments after they were established. However, it was not until 1970, under the leadership of Red Holzman, that the team experienced pointed victory. This first championship win was quickly followed by another just a few years later in 1973.
In the years that followed, the New York Knicks continued their close chase of a place in the playoffs but to no avail. The team made the playoffs only a handful of times since then. However, this year the Knicks are in the running again, and NY Knicks playoff tickets are selling like hotcakes.
Knick enthusiasts are eating up the legendary Knickerbocker spirit and basking in the unparalleled atmosphere of the Madison Square Garden experience of the game. Over the next several weeks, the Knicks will face off against a long list of NBA teams in their fight for another victorious championship.
These include the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, the Dallas Mavericks, the San Antonio Spurs, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Detroit Pistons, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Toronto Raptors, the Atlanta Hawks, the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Washington Wizards, New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Bobcats, and the Indiana Pacers. NY Knicks ticket prices range from about $150 on the stadium outskirts to just over $2,500 for a chance to be in the heat of the action.