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“It was the ultimate team,” said Jerry Lucas, center for the 1973 NBA champion Knicks. “I knew I was with a group of men that maybe was the most unique group of basketball players ever assembled. “We had some warriors on that team,” remembered Willis Reed, the team’s starting center and finals MVP. “We had […]
After winning it all in 1970, Holzman’s team reached the Eastern Conference Finals in the 1970-71 season, but lost to the Baltimore Bullets. The following season, in which they returned to the finals (but lost to the Lakers), the Knicks added two vital components that would return them to glory. “There were a number of […]
Even if some players didn’t think the grueling Boston series and quick turnaround would take its toll on the Knicks, it probably did. They dropped Game 1 to the Lakers, 115-112. “We actually did pretty good late in the game, but early on, we didn’t play well at all,” Reed said. “But still, we thought […]
The Knicks’ return to the Finals in 1973 essentially began the year before, after losing to the Lakers in the ’72 Finals. “We all felt that we should have won that series,” Monroe said. “At that time, we made a vow among ourselves that we were going to get back to this point next year […]
Having met in the Finals three of the last four years, the Knicks and Lakers were old foes. Each team had their share of superstars and the rematch of last year’s finals promised to be an epic battle. “We were arch rivals,” Frazier said, “and we were meeting these guys almost annually in the Finals. […]