#NYK70 | 1976: Willis Reed’s Number 19 is Raised to the Garden Rafters

The Knicks center who led the team to two championships in the early 1970s was known for his heroic ability to withstand injuries. But by 1974, after 10 seasons in the NBA -- all with the Knicks -- his body just wouldn’t let him play anymore. The franchise was eager to honor his service. On October 21, 1976, the Knicks made Willis Reed’s number 19 the first in the team’s history to be retired.
The big man became the team’s coach during the 1977-78 season, and would later come home, returning to the Knicks as a special adviser.

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