1996 - 97 Patrick Ewing Knicks Alternate Jersey
Look for it on our website in early May.
Check out the latest collaboration release with Fames in Japan, paying homage to NBA great, Patrick Ewing.
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The New York Knickerbockers were founded in 1946. The first game the Knickerbockers played was on November 1, 1946 against the Toronto Huskies at Maple Leaf Gardens. They defeated the Huskies with a score of 68-66. We found this great game advertisement below. If you were taller than 6'8" George Nostrand, then you were admitted free to the Knickerbockers opening game!
In 1947, Japanese player Wataru Misaka joined the Knickerbockers. The Knickerbockers were the first team to have a non-Caucasian player to join their roster. Misaka was the first non-Caucasian person to play in the Basketball Association of America (now known as the National Basketball Association.) The photo below shows New York Knickerbockers Coach Joe Lapchick with Wat Misaka and Lee Knorek in 1947.
During the first decade of the NBA's existence, the Knickerbockers made the NBA Finals in three straight years, from 1951-1953.
On February 14, 1968, the very first NBA game was played at the current Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks defeated the San Diego Rockets 114 - 102.
Due to the Knicks' poor performance in the 1984-85 season, the team entered into the first-ever NBA Draft Lottery. The Knicks were the first winner of the lottery in 1985 and they selected Patrick Ewing of Georgetown University.
The first New York Knickerbocker number to be retired belongs to Willis Reed, number 19. Reed's number was retired on October 21, 1976. Reed was also the first Knick ever to be named NBA Rookie of the Year.
Just in time for those hot New York summer days and nights, it's the 1991 - 92 road Knicks jerseys.
The 1991 - 92 season was Pat Riley's first year as head coach of the Knicks. It began a bit of a heyday for the Knicks as their rivalries with the Pistons and Bulls evolved into legendary status. Riley led the Knicks to a 51 - 31 record in 91 - 92 and a first place Atlantic Division finish. In the first round of the playoffs the Knicks faced off against the Chuck Daly led Detroit Pistons and took the series 3 games to 2.
Next up were the Chicago Bulls. In an intense and extremely physical Eastern Conference Finals the Knicks gave the Bulls all they could handle. The series went to seven games with the reigning champs holding on for the game seven victory and a 4 - 3 series win.
But this Knicks team will be forever loved and revered in New York for their grit and passion. We are happy to bring you the jerseys of four of those gritty and passionate 1991 - 92 Knicks.
Patrick Aloysius Ewing was born in Kingston, Jamaica on August 5th, 1962. He arrived in the United States at age 11, and was quickly introduced to basketball, as he had reached a towering height of 6’10 while still in junior high school. From there, he became nationally recognized for his active role in ‘Hoya Paranoia’ while at Georgetown University. During his four years (that’s right, we said four years) of college, Ewing took home one NCAA title and appeared in two other championship games.
After his days working as the ‘Hoya Destroya’, Patrick was drafted in 1985 by the New York Knicks. Interestingly enough, the Knicks won the first ever NBA Draft Lottery to obtain Ewing and change the face of the struggling franchise. Although he never won an NBA Championship, #33 racked up some pretty impressive stats. After winning Rookie of the Year in 1985, Ewing was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1990 and the All NBA Second team six times from 1989 to 1997. He went on to become an 11-time All Star, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and was recognized as one of 50 greatest players in NBA History in 1996. Patrick Ewing retired from basketball in 2002 as New York Knicks' all-time leader in nearly every significant category and the game's 13th all-time scorer with 24,815 points. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.