October 21 - The New York Knicks Retire Their First Jersey

On this day, 35 years ago, the Mecca of Basketball retired their first jersey to the rafters of Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks retired the legendary #19 that belonged to lifetime Knick, Willis Reed. Reed is considered to be not only of the greatest Knicks of all time, but one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. Reed's laundry list of accomplishments included 2 NBA Championships, 2 NBA Finals MVP awards, 1 League MVP award, 7 Time NBA All-Star, and an induction to the Hall of Fame.

Reed's greatest accomplishment may have been his performance in the 1970 NBA Finals. Playing with a torn thigh muscle, Reed walked onto the court for Game 7 where he scored on his first 2 shots of the game. The Knicks would go on to win the game, and their first championship, largely due to the inspiration provided by Willis Reed. This would later be voted the greatest moment in the history of Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks have not won a championship since Reed retired in 1974.




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