The New York Knicks is one of the three remaining original teams of the 1946 NBA. This basketball franchise has a current roster composed of Cole Aldrich (#45), Carmelo Anthony (#7), Andrea Bargnani (#77), Tyson Chandler (#6), Raymond Felton (#2), Tim Hardaway, Jr. (#5), Kenyon Martin (#3), Toure’ Murry (#23), Pablo Prigioni (#9), Iman Shumpert (#21), J.R. Smith (#8), Amar’e Stoudemire (#1), Jeremy Tyler (#4), Beno Udrih (#18), and Metta World Peace (#51). They are headed by the team’s President, Steve Mills who just recently replaced Glen Grunwald in this position.
In the history of this basketball league, the New York Knicks has been among the most competitive franchises and that’s why it has been engaged into several rivalries. The following are the top rivals of the New York Knicks:
- Boston Celtics
Just like the New York Knicks, the Boston Celtics is also one of the three original NBA teams. Inevitably, these two teams became tough rivals of each other since then, as contributed by the fact that their cities are just 190 miles apart from one another. The New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics have already met 9 times already in the post-season.
- Brooklyn Nets
The New York Knicks became one of the biggest rivals of the Brooklyn Nets, primarily because of the fact that they are both headquartered in New York City. These two teams have battled in the playoffs for three times and out of these, the Knicks won two meetings (1983 and 1994).
- Chicago Bulls
During the late 80s and early 90s era, among the greatest rivalries in the NBA league were between the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks. After the retirements of Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing, the rivalry between the two teams declined. It was then the rise of the Bull’s MVP, Derrick Rose and the transfer of Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler to the Knicks that triggered the reborn of the two team’s rivalry.
- Miami Heat
It is undeniable that the Miami Heat has become among the toughest inter-divisional rivals of the New York Knicks, especially during the 1997-2000 playoffs where the two teams fought against each other for the division title each year. Both teams won two playoff series during this era and when they met again in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, the Heat successfully ruled over the Knicks.
- Indiana Pacers
It was in 1993 that the Indiana Pacers became a tough competitor of the New York Knicks. This rivalry peaked until 2000, which marked the sixth battle between the two teams. Last year, the rivalry between the Pacers and the Knicks once again broke out during the Eastern Conference Semifinals, which was won by the Pacers.
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