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 NBA’s 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” … Basketball’s 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 NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of League’s 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 franchise’s 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 Garden’s 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 NBA’s first half century … Made immediate impact in 1964-65 as first Knick ever to be named NBA Rookie of the Year … Central figure in club’s 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 70’s … 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 NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of League’s 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 Auerbach’s 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 NBA’s All-Time Top 10 Coaches of League’s first 50 years … Following coaching career continued to shape Knicks fortunes as the club’s basketball consultant … Knicks mourned the passing of their club patriarch on Nov. 13, 1998.