New York Knickerbocker Retired Numbers
WALT FRAZIER (Number retired Dec. 15, 1979) - Clyde Stylish, legendary floor general of both Knicks championship teams Catlike moves and finesse enabled him to set unprecedented defensive standard Seven-time NBA All-Star (MVP of 1975 Game), four time All-NBA first team selection and seven-time All-Defensive pick Named one of 50 Greatest Players of NBAs first half-century The all-time Knicks leader in assists (4,791), and is second in games (759), minutes (28,995) and total points (14,617) Helped forge Knicks first NBA title in 70 with virtuoso performance (36 pts, 19 ast, 12-12 FTA) in Game Seven finale vs. Lakers Given everlasting Clyde moniker by trainer Danny Whelan and late teammate Nate Bowman Spent last three NBA seasons with Cleveland Elected to Hall of Fame in 1987 Has served for nearly two decades as Knicks broadcast color analyst.
DICK BARNETT (Number retired Mar. 10, 1990) - Author of the unique and unmistakable question mark jump shot and backcourt ace for both Knicks title teams Spent first five NBA seasons with Syracuse and Los Angeles, then was acquired by Knicks for Bob Boozer on Oct. 14, 1965 Averaged 15.6 points in nine Knicks seasons, including 23.1 points per game in 1965-66 1968 NBA All-Star Averaged 14.9 points for 1970 NBA Champs Tenth on all-time Knicks list in games (604), seventh in minutes (18,442) and eighth in total points (9,442) Forever linked to cry of Fall back, baby! Earned doctorate in education from Fordham in 1991 Currently serves as consultant to several pro franchises.
EARL MONROE (Number retired Mar. 1, 1986) - The Pearl Basketballs consummate showman brought his magic art to the Garden in stunning trade with Bullets, Nov. 10, 1971 Played nine seasons with Knicks (1971-72 through 1979-80) after spending four in Baltimore Averaged 16.2 points as a Knick, including 20.9 points in 1974-75 and 20.7 in 1975-76 Earned long-awaited NBA Championship ring averaging 15.5 points for 73 club, and led Knicks with 23 points in Game Five title clincher vs. Lakers Averaged 18.8 points for pro career and was four-time NBA All-Star (twice with Knicks) Seventh on all-time Knicks career list with 9,679 points Enshrined in Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990; Garden Walk of Fame in 1998 Named one of NBAs 50 Greatest Players of Leagues first half-century Only Knick honoree whose number has been retired by two teams (Wizards retired his Bullets No. 10 on Dec. 1, 2007) Currently president of the New Jersey-based Earl Monroe Group, has worked as Knicks radio color analyst and is national spokesman for BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia; enlarged prostate) awareness.
DICK MCGUIRE (Number retired Mar. 14, 1992) - Tricky Dick Currently celebrating his 52nd season with Knicks; Hall of Famer has shaped franchises destiny as player, head coach, assistant coach, chief scout, and in current post as senior basketball consultant Big Apple product set standard for backcourt wizardry in early days of NBA Enjoyed eight standout seasons in Knick livery, earning five All-Star Game designations and leading Knicks to three straight appearances in NBA Finals (1951-52-53) Led Knicks in assists for seven straight seasons, and is still third on all-time club list with 2,950 Career 8.0 point scorer as a Knick Finished playing career with three years in Detroit Earned long-overdue Hall of Fame enshrinement in 1993; inducted into Gardens Walk of Fame in 2003.
WILLIS REED (Number retired Oct. 21, 1976) -The Captain Backbone of both Knicks championship teams Ten unforgettable seasons in New York resulted in seven All-Star Game appearances and five All-NBA designations (first or second team) One of 50 Greatest Players of NBAs first half century Made immediate impact in 1964-65 as first Knick ever to be named NBA Rookie of the Year Central figure in clubs rise to greatness Averaged 21.7 points in 1969-70 championship season, becoming first NBA player to earn Triple Crown of awards (MVP of regular season, All-Star Game and Finals) Climaxed Knicks road to top with inspiring last-minute appearance prior to 70 Game Seven clincher vs. Lakers After sitting out virtually all of 1971-72 with injuries, led Knicks to NBA summit again in 1972-73, earning second Finals MVP award Second on all-time club list in rebounds (8,414), eighth in games played (650) and third in total points (12,183) First Knick to have uniform retired Enshrined into Hall of Fame in 1982 Coached Knicks for a season-and-a-half in late 70s Enjoyed 16-year front office and coaching career with New Jersey Nets, then returned to Knicks for one season as special basketball advisor Retired to his native Louisiana in summer of 2007 following three years as vice president, basketball operations for the New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets.
DAVE DEBUSSCHERE (Number retired Mar. 24, 1981) - Hard-nosed blue collar hero proved to be final piece of Knicks championship puzzle upon acquisition from Detroit in December 68 Aggressive frontliner earned NBA All-Defensive honors six times with Knicks, and All-Star Game designation in each of his five full seasons with New York Averaged 14.6 points in his first full Knicks campaign (1969-70), as New York soared to first NBA title Posted a 16.3 scoring average in second championship season of 1972-73 Seventh on all-time club list in rebounds (4,671) Averaged 16.1 points for 12-year NBA career that started in Detroit, where he also served as player-coach Following playing career, served as GM for both Nets and Knicks As final commissioner of ABA, was instrumental in pro hoop merger of 1976 Enshrined into Hall of Fame in 1983 Named one of NBAs 50 Greatest Players of Leagues first half-century Sports world mourned his sudden passing on May 14, 2003.
BILL BRADLEY (Number retired Feb. 18, 1984) - Dollar Bill Followed legendary college career at Princeton with 10-year Knick tenure in which he played a key role on both championship teams Joined Knicks following Rhodes Scholarship tenure at Oxford Posted a 14.5 scoring average for NBA Champions in 1969-70, and career high 16.1 in second championship season of 1972-73 Career 84.0-percent free throw shooter, and led Knicks from the line eight straight years 1973 NBA All-Star Career 12.4 scorer Third on all-time club list in games played (742); ninth in total points (9,217) Pro debut before sellout house at Old Garden (Dec. 9, 1967 vs. Detroit) still ranks as one of most electrifying events in club history Dubbed Dollar Bill by sportswriter Leonard Lewin at memorable first press conference as a Knick in 1967 Elected to Hall of Fame in 1982 Served 18-year tenure as U.S. Senator from New Jersey (1978-1996) as prelude to run for Democratic presidential nomination in 2000 Delivered memorable keynote addresses at 1992 Democratic Convention at MSG and 2000 Convention in Los Angeles Author of six books, including recent best-sellers Time Present, Time Past (1996), Values of the Game (1998) and his latest, The New American Story (2007).
PATRICK EWING (Number retired Feb. 28, 2003) - The Big Fella Literal center of attention for the longest sustained period of success in franchise history, as Hall of Famer became the all-time club leader in virtually every category and arguably the greatest player to wear the orange and blue Seven-time All-NBA selection, three-time All-Defensive, 11-time All-Star Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History 1986 NBA Rookie of the Year All-time Knicks leader in total points (23,665), games played (1,039), rebounds (10,759), blocks (2,758), steals (1.061) and minutes (37, 586) Played 15 (of 17) seasons in Knicks livery, by far the most in club history Led Knicks to Playoffs for 13 consecutive years, including three Atlantic Division titles, four appearances in Conference Finals and Eastern Conference titles in 1994 and 1999 Knicks career ended with summer 2000 megadeal; played final two NBA seasons with Seattle and Orlando Currently an assistant coach with Orlando Magic (seventh season as n NBA assistant coach) ; son Patrick Jr. was drafted by Sacramento in 2008; Climaxed storied career with first-ballot Hall of Fame enshrinement with the Class of 2008.
RED HOLZMAN (Number retired Mar. 10, 1990) - Knicks honored their legendary mentor by retiring his number of regular season victories as NY pilot Winningest coach in club history (613-483) led Knicks to both of their NBA titles (1970 and 1973) 1970 NBA Coach of the Year Had two separate tenures as Knicks mentor (1967-68 through 1976-77 and against from 1978-79 through 1981-82) Piloted Knicks to five 50-plus win seasons and three Eastern Conference titles Retired as the second-winningest coach in NBA history (696 career wins, trailing only Red Auerbachs 938); currently ranks 16th on all-time NBA win list Member of 1951 Rochester Royals club that beat Knicks in NBA Finals Enshrined into Hall of Fame in 1986 Named one of NBAs All-Time Top 10 Coaches of Leagues first 50 years Following coaching career continued to shape Knicks fortunes as the clubs basketball consultant Knicks mourned the passing of their club patriarch on Nov. 13, 1998.