On This Date: Red Holzman sets the Knick record for most coaching victories

January 12, 1974: Red Holzman sets club record in head coaching victories

The New York Knicks defeated the Golden State Warriors 96-80. In the victory, Red Holzman set a club record with 327 regular season victories. He surpassed the record held by Joe Lapchick. Lapchick coached the Knicks for eight seasons between 1948-1956.

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On This Date: Knicks hire Red Holzman.

December 27, 1967: The New York Knicks hire Red Holzman as Head Coach

In a franchise altering move, the Knicks fired Dick McGuire and hired Red Holzman as head coach. McGuire – a native of the Bronx – spent 8 years playing point guard with the Knicks and was a 7-time NBA All Star. After a stint as player-coach and head coach with the Detroit Pistons, the Knicks hired him as head coach in 1965.

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On This Date: Knicks fire Willis Reed and re-hire Red Holzman

November 10th 1978: Knicks fire Willis Reed and re-hire Red Holzman as head coach

A year removed from leading┬áthe Knicks to an Eastern Conference semifinals berth and a 43-39 record in the 1977-78 season, the team fired Willis Reed as head coach after beginning the season with a sub-par 6-8 record. In a reunion of sorts, the Knicks brought back Red Holzman as head coach after firing him at the conclusion of the 1976-77 season. Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks extend Red Holzman’s contract

July 22nd 1972: The Knicks extend Red Holzman’s contract

Heading into the 1973 championship season, owner Ned Irish made sure Red Holzman continued to coach the Knicks. Irish signed Holzman to a 2 year extension of his original contract, which expired in 1973. Holzman continued to maintain the role of both coach and general manager. He is only one of two coaches in Knicks history that retained the role of both coach and GM (Isiah Thomas maintained both roles after Dolan fired Larry Brown in 2006). At the time, Holzman was the only coach that held both roles.

At the time, owner Ned Irish did not approve of Holzman holding both roles as coach and general manager. While some of the disagreements became public, Irish did not hesitate to extend the contract due to the team success under his tenure.

After signing the extension, the Knicks won the championship in 1973. Holzman lasted as coach until 1977 before reappearing with the Knicks after a year of hiatus. Red gave up his GM post in 1975 when Eddie Donovan rejoined the organization.

On This Date: Knicks hire Hubie Brown as head coach

May 20th 1982: Knicks hire Hubie Brown as head coach

Less than a week after Red Holzman announced his retirement, the Knicks hired Hubie Brown as the new head coach. Before gracing the NBA airwaves with his commentary and basketball tutorial videos, Hubie spent more than 4 seasons coaching the Knicks.

Hubie enjoyed decent success early on taking the Knicks to the semifinals in his first 2 seasons with the team. However, debilitating injuries to both Bill Cartwright (foot) and Bernard King (knee) put the Knicks on a downward spiral for the rest of his tenure. Patrick Ewing also missed 32 games during his rookie campaign due to various injuries, including his knee. Essentially Hubie never had a full squad after the 1983-84 campaign.

Additionally, his high intensity and rigid approach to coaching eventually wore off on the team. His insistence for 10 man rotations and a peculiar decision to play Ewing at power forward alongside Cartwright marked a disappointing end to his Knicks tenure. After the Knicks fired Hubie in 1986, he didn’t return to coaching until 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies.

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.