Throwback Thursday: 1969-70 New York Knicks

VIDEO: 1970 NBA Finals

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Today’s Topic: 1970 NBA Champion New York Knicks


The New York Knicks won their first NBA Championship 44 years ago today on May 8, 1970 by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 113-99 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

This squad was anchored by the 1970 NBA MVP Willis Reed and featured four future Hall of Famers as well as a future of Hall of Fame coach. To honor this historic team, we take this Throwback Thursday to look back at the most important players on the 1970 NBA Champion New York Knicks.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: TBT: 1970 NBA Champion New York Knicks

Who’s was your favorite player on the 1970 Knicks? Leave your comments below!


  1. Arnold J. Burrus says:

    The year the Knicks won (1969-1970) was my first year I followed any basketball (NBA). I watch it on television (ABC 7) I was on tape delay. I felt great on the knicks winning. I been following the NBA ever since.

  2. Nick says:

    What an amazing team they were! I loved to watch Frazier. He was great at defense, one of the best ball handlers to this day – especially considering that one couldn’t carry or palm the ball in those days, and a supreme clutch player. Half the guards these days couldn’t make it down court if they were prohibited from carrying the ball, let alone all their “super crossovers”! It’s hard to leave out Dave DeBuschere, too. He was an amazing shooter and rebounder. He was money in the bank from the corners, and had career rebounding numbers of over 12/game. Nowadays its a big deal if a Center gets that many rebounds (Bird had about the same). I can’t imagine what Dave’s scoring stat would look like if there was a three point line back then!

  3. netanel says:

    lebron james led them win

  4. Susan Kay says:

    I cannot choose a favorite, but I have an additional story for this Throwback Thursday. My husband (who was a few years older than me) managed a handful of athletes in those days. Howard ‘Butch’ Komives was one. He sort of came along like a third wheel with a great center whom my husband had managed. But oh, there came a winter of much discontent in the Knicks organization with Butch around. Lots of drama. Finally, an important deal was brokered, one which sent Butch to the Detroit Pistons for Dave DeBusschere in 1968. May those gentlemen rest in peace – my husband, Butch, Dave, Red Holzman, Eddie Donovan…. so many others. I love this game!