Building the World Champion 1970 Knicks

February 21st, 2010 by Hot Stove New York Leave a reply »
This is the 40th anniversary of the 1970 World Champion New York Knicks, and the franchise will honor that outstanding team tomorrow night at the Garden.

By now we all know about the May 8, 1970, heroics of Knick captain Willis Reed , who hobbled onto the court, scored the team’s first four points while basically playing with one leg and led his team to its first championship. Just the sight of him on the floor intimidated the Lakers and inspired the Knicks to victory.

Reed’s performance in the series was good enough to earn him the Finals MVP (and by the way, he had to guard three Hall-of-Fame centers during the playoff run: Wes Unseld , the artist formerly known as Lew Alcindor and Wilt Chamberlain ).

That season Reed also won the regular season MVP, the All-Star game MVP (he was the first player to win all three awards in the same season), was on the All-NBA first team, the Defensive first team, was the Sporting News MVP and was voted ABC’s Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year.

I’m pretty sure he was also named Father of the Year, Husband of the Year, Sears’ Customer of the Year, he was McDonald’s one millionth pers ...

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