In 1967, Clyde Frazier was drafted by the Knicks along with Phil Jackson, the current president of the franchise. Before Jackson had extreme success as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers (11 rings!), he was also part of the Knicks’ two championship teams.
In this shot, Kalinsky snapped a photo of the pair celebrating shortly after being drafted by the Knicks.
“This is one of the first pictures I took of Clyde as a Knick. He was introduced at a restaurant called Mama Leone’s in the city and this is the press conference for Phil Jackson and Walt Frazier, who were coming to the Knicks. Everybody’s meeting for the first time in their life. So Phil and Clyde – or Walt at the time – were just toasting that they became Knickerbockers. They couldn’t have been more than 22 years old.”