On this Date: May 17, 1995

Patrick Ewing’s jumper with 1.8 seconds to play temporarily saves the Knicks season and forces a Game 6 back in Indiana.

Knicks fans held their collective breath when Reggie Miller hoisted a prayer three after Ewing made his shot. Once Miller missed, the Knicks won, and their 3-1 series deficit was reduced to 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Steve Mills set up the room for the “frozen envelope” drawing

Other lottery nostalgia, going back to the very first drawing and its infamous conspiracy theory: Steve Mills, the current Knicks president, worked for the league in the 1980s and 1990s, and said Tuesday that he set up the room where the so-called “frozen envelope” drawing happened (granting the Knicks the right to draft Patrick Ewing). A half-decade later, the league switched from envelopes to ping-pong balls. Mills and Joel Litvin, the NBA’s former president of league operations, were in charge of testing out the new balls, they both recalled.

They started by numbering them. Some teams complained that balls with double-digit numbers would weigh more, perhaps impacting the odds somehow. Mills and Litvin switched to team logos. Teams objected that a logo-based system might bring the same issue. Never let a team executive tell you fans are nuttier about conspiracy theories than they are.

via Zach Lowe, ESPN

On this Date: May 6, 1990

The Knicks complete one of the most stunning series comebacks in NBA history, overcoming an 0-2 series deficit, and defeating the Celtics 121-114 in Game 5 of their 1990 First Round series.

After allowing a record 157 points in their Game 2 loss which put them two games down in the best-of-five series, it seemed as if the Knicks were left for dead. They then won Games 3 and 4 in New York to force a decisive Game 5 in Boston.

New York had lost 26 consecutive games in Boston Garden dating back to 1984, before winning this historic game.

Patrick Ewing led the way with 31 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, and made only his second career three-pointer to help seal the victory, a play that will forever stay in Knicks (and Celtics) fans minds.

Only two teams (Fort Wayne Pistons 1956 and Golden State Warriors 1987) had previously rallied from an 0-2 deficit to win a best-of-five playoff series.

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Did the Knicks call Patrick Ewing about their coaching position?

It appears it wasn’t a serious gesture, but it’s interesting to note that the Knicks reached out to Patrick Ewing during their coaching search.

Some could argue it’s window dressing, although if that was the case, you would think Perry + Mills would leak that information to a friendly source, instead of it coming from Isola.

Even Patrick Ewing was called because the Knicks wanted to cover all their bases. It was a quick phone conversation and nothing else.

via Frank Isola, New York Daily News

On this Date: May 3, 1992

Knicks defeat the Pistons 94-87 in a decisive Game 5 of the 1992 First Round playoff series.

Patrick Ewing led the way with 31 points and 19 rebounds, outdueling Isiah Thomas who scored 31 and grabbed 10 rebounds of his own. The Knicks advanced to meet the Chicago Bulls in the second round.

“There was a lot of doubt in people’s minds about whether we could do it or not,” Ewing said after the game. “But we showed that we have what it takes, that we weren’t going to give up. I haven’t felt this good in a long time.”

On this Date: May 1, 1994

The Knicks beat New Jersey 90-81 in Game 2 of the 1994 Quarterfinals, despite Patrick Ewing being ejected in the first half.

Ewing was tossed with 5 minutes and 21 seconds remaining in the first half after a collision with Derrick Coleman. Ewing and Coleman jostled into double technicals, and since Ewing already had one technical from earlier in the game, he was ejected.

The refs seemed to be calling the game extra tight after a brawl had broken out the previous night between Atlanta and Miami.

On this Date: April 28, 1992

Patrick Ewing leads Knicks to Game 3 victory in Detroit.

Patrick Ewing scored 32 points, including the Knicks’ final 8 points in regulation and 4 points in overtime. Ewing tied the game with 13 seconds left, and then Mark Jackson played stellar defense on Isiah Thomas to prevent the game-winning shot. The win gave the Knicks a 2-1 series lead.