On This Date: Red Holzman’s number retired and the inauguration of the Westchester Knicks

March 10th 1990: Knicks retire Red Holzman’s number

The Knicks retired Red Holzman’s number on this date. The Knicks retired the number “613” which represented the total number of wins he had as coach of the New York Knicks. Red helped lead the Knicks to both of their NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973. The team retired his number along with Dick Barnett’s during halftime of the game against the New Jersey Nets.

March 10th 2014: The Birth of the Westchester Knicks

The Westchester Knicks were inaugurated on this date. At the time, it was the 18th franchise established in the then-NBA Developmental League (now G-League). Unlike the previous D-League squad the Erie Bayhawks, the Westchester G-League franchise now represented a single affiliation with the New York Knicks NBA team.

The Knicks went through a contest to determine the name and uniform colors for the team. Not surprisingly, Westchester retained the name “Knicks” and the white, orange and blue color scheme.

As part of the new trend of the G-League teams, the Westchester Knicks largely mimics their NBA counterpart and acts as a true minor league system to develop players for the Knicks franchise. The team normally runs the same offense instilled by the NBA team. Players such as Langston Galloway, Ron Baker, Trey Burke, and Kadeem Allen have been some of the more notable successes to graduate from the Westchester Knicks system.

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