Walt Frazier

Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945) is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two championships (1970 and 1973), and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon his retirement from basketball, Frazier went into broadcasting; he is currently a color commentator for telecasts of Knicks games on the MSG Network.

Walt Frazier
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Walt Frazier in 1977
Personal information
BornMarch 29, 1945 (age 74)
Atlanta, Georgia
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolDavid T. Howard (Atlanta, Georgia)
CollegeSouthern Illinois (1963–1967)
NBA draft1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1967–1980
PositionPoint guard
Number10, 11
Career history
19671977New York Knicks
19771980Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points15,581 (18.9 ppg)
Rebounds4,830 (5.9 rpg)
Assists5,040 (6.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

High school and college

The eldest of nine children, Frazier attended Atlanta's David Tobias Howard High School. He quarterbacked the football team and played catcher on the baseball team. He learned basketball on a rutted and dirt playground, the only facility available at his all-black school in the racially segregated South of the 1950s. After Howard, Frazier attended Southern Illinois University. Although he was offered other scholarships for his football skills, Frazier accepted a basketball offer from Southern Illinois University, saying that "there were no black quarterbacks, so I played basketball."[1]

Frazier became one of the premier collegiate basketball players in the country. He was named a Division II All-American in 1964 and 1965. As a sophomore in 1965, Frazier led SIU to the NCAA Division II Tournament, only to lose in the finals to Jerry Sloan and the Evansville Purple Aces 85–82 in overtime. In 1966, he was academically ineligible for basketball.

SIU moved up from Division II to Division I in 1967, and Frazier and SIU won the National Invitation Tournament, beating Marquette University 71–56 in the final, in the last college basketball game played at the old Madison Square Garden in New York. Frazier was named Most Valuable Player of the 1967 tournament.

Professional career

New York Knicks

1967–1970: Career beginnings

Frazier was drafted fifth overall by the New York Knicks. He scored just two points in a 13-point loss against the Detroit Pistons in his NBA debut, but then went on to become one of five NBA players to be named to the NBA All-Rookie Team during the 1967–68 season.

After averaging only 9.0 points per game during his rookie year, Frazier's 17.5 points, 7.9 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game averages in his second year playing for New York made him one of the most improved players in the league.

1969–70: Breakthrough year and first NBA championship

Frazier was chosen as an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career during the 1969–70 season. He would go on to be selected to seven NBA All-Star Games over the course of his 10-year stint with the Knicks.

The Knicks were able to make it all the way to the NBA Finals during the 1970 NBA playoffs thanks to the great play of both Frazier and star teammate Willis Reed. However, in game five, Reed suffered a leg injury, making him unable to walk for the next few days. With Reed out, chances of the Knicks winning the championship were slim. However, Reed returned to the series, playing the first two minutes of game seven and scoring the first two points of the game. Reed was in too much pain to continue to play for the last 46 minutes of the game, meaning that it was up to Frazier to lead New York to the victory. Frazier recorded 36 points, seven rebounds, 19 assists, and six steals during the game. His performance is one of the greatest performances in NBA playoff history. ESPN is one of the many websites to call Frazier's incredible game the greatest game seven performance ever.


The Knicks were unable to repeat as champions in 1971, falling to the Baltimore Bullets and their star shooting guard Earl Monroe in the second round of the playoffs despite Frazier's great 20.4 points per game average during the second series.

Following the 1970–71 season the Knicks traded for Earl Monroe, whom was always difficult for Frazier to guard. Not many people thought that he could fit in with Walt, however, Monroe and Frazier soon become known as one of the best backcourts in the league, even earning the nickname the "Rolls Royce" backcourt.[2]

The Knicks returned to the NBA Finals in 1972, but fell to the Los Angeles Lakers who completed a record-setting season with an NBA championship.

Frazier won his and the Knicks' second NBA championship in 1973, when the Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in a five-game series. Frazier's defense on Jerry West played a major role in defeating the star-filled team.

In 1976, Frazier was selected for his seventh and final NBA All-Star Game.

While playing for the Knicks, he picked up the nickname "Clyde" because he wore a hat similar to that of Warren Beatty, who played Clyde Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde.[3] He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1968.

Frazier held Knicks' franchise records for most games (759), minutes played (28,995), field goals attempted (11,669), field goals made (5,736), free throws attempted (4,017), free throws made (3,145), assists (4,791) and points (14,617). Patrick Ewing eventually broke most of those records, but Frazier's assists record still stands.

Cleveland Cavaliers

After ten years in New York, Frazier ended his career as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Frazier was traded to the Cavaliers after the 1976–77 season for the younger Jim Cleamons. The trade left the NBA world stunned, as many people were furious that New York was willing to let go of arguably their greatest player in franchise history. Frazier played only 66 games over the course of three seasons with the Cavaliers. He retired midway through the 1979–80 season, when he only played 3 games and averaged career-lows of 3.3 points and 2.7 assists before being waived.


NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Frazier won an NBA championship

Regular season

1967–68 New York 74 21.5 .451 .655 4.2 4.1 9.0
1968–69 New York 80 36.9 .505 .746 6.2 7.9 17.5
1969–70 New York 77 39.5 .518 .748 6.0 8.2 20.9
1970–71 New York 80 43.2 .494 .779 6.8 6.7 21.7
1971–72 New York 77 40.6 .512 .808 6.7 5.8 23.2
1972–73 New York 78 40.8 .490 .817 7.3 5.9 21.1
1973–74 New York 80 41.7 .472 .838 6.7 6.9 2.0 .2 20.5
1974–75 New York 78 41.1 .483 .828 6.0 6.1 2.4 .2 21.5
1975–76 New York 59 41.1 .485 .823 6.8 5.9 1.8 .2 19.1
1976–77 New York 76 35.4 .489 .771 3.9 5.3 1.7 .1 17.4
1977–78 Cleveland 51 32.6 .471 .850 4.1 4.1 1.5 .3 16.2
1978–79 Cleveland 12 23.3 .443 .778 1.7 2.7 1.1 .2 10.8
1979–80 Cleveland 3 9.0 .364 .000 1.000 1.0 2.7 .7 .3 3.3
Career 825 37.5 .490 .000 .786 5.9 6.1 1.9 .2 18.9
All-Star 7 7 26.1 .449 .857 3.9 3.7 1.3 .0 12.6


1968 New York 4 29.8 .364 .778 5.5 6.3 9.5
1969 New York 10 41.5 .503 .596 7.4 9.1 21.2
1970 New York 19 43.9 .478 .764 7.8 8.2 16.0
1971 New York 12 41.8 .529 .733 5.8 4.5 22.6
1972 New York 16 44.0 .536 .736 7.0 6.1 24.3
1973 New York 17 45.0 .514 .777 7.3 6.2 21.9
1974 New York 12 40.9 .502 .898 7.9 4.0 1.8 .3 22.5
1975 New York 3 41.3 .630 .813 6.7 7.0 3.7 .0 23.7
Career 93 42.5 .511 .751 7.2 6.4 2.1 .3 20.7

Career highlights

Top assist games

Occurred in playoff competition
Assists Opponent Home/Away Date Minutes
Points Rebounds
19 Los Angeles Lakers Home May 8, 1970 44 36 7
17 Baltimore Bullets Away March 30, 1969 44 26 7
16 Philadelphia 76ers Away January 22, 1969 22
16 Los Angeles Lakers Home February 18, 1969 30
16 Philadelphia 76ers Away March 9, 1969 18
16 San Francisco Warriors Home October 23, 1969 18
16 Phoenix Suns Away December 28, 1969 42 12 1

40 point games

Frazier scored 40 or more points five times in the regular season.

Points Opponent Home/Away Date Minutes
FGM FGA FTM FTA Rebounds Assists
44 Los Angeles Lakers Away November 2, 1973 46 20 28 4 4 7 5
43 San Diego Rockets Home October 30, 1969 14 22 15 19
43 Phoenix Suns Away January 11, 1975 48 17 24 9 10 3 5
41 Cincinnati Royals Home January 1, 1972 45 17 24 7 8 9 3
41 Indiana Pacers Away March 31, 1977 45 12 20 17 20 7 11

Regular season

Stat High Opponent Date
Points 44 at Los Angeles Lakers November 2, 1973
Points, half (2nd) 29 vs. Cincinnati Royals January 1, 1972
Field goal percentage 18–22 (.818) at Buffalo Braves December 17, 1971
Field goals made 20 at Los Angeles Lakers November 2, 1973
Field goal attempts 28 at Los Angeles Lakers November 2, 1973
Free throws made 17 at Indiana Pacers March 31, 1977
Free throw attempts 20 vs. Seattle SuperSonics December 2, 1969
Free throw attempts 20 at Indiana Pacers March 31, 1977
Rebounds 16
Steals 6 at Indiana Pacers March 31, 1977
Blocked shots


Stat High Opponent Date
Points 38 vs. Capital Bullets April 7, 1974
Points 38 at Boston Celtics April 19, 1974
Field goal percentage
Field goals made 16 vs. Capital Bullets April 7, 1974
Field goal attempts 31
Free throws made, none missed 12–12 vs. Los Angeles Lakers May 8, 1970
Free throws made 12 vs. Los Angeles Lakers May 8, 1970
Free throw attempts 15 at Boston Celtics April 23, 1972
Rebounds 16 vs. Baltimore Bullets April 2, 1970
Assists 19 vs. Los Angeles Lakers May 8, 1970
Blocked shots


Frazier is also known for his iconic fashion sense and unique style. The website Clyde So Fly[5] catalogs and grades every suit he wears while broadcasting New York Knicks games on the MSG Network.[6]

Frazier also has a line of Puma sneakers named after him.[7] The promotional material references Frazier's "signature colorful style".[8]

Personal life

He lives in Harlem with his long-term girlfriend, Patricia James,[9] and they also have a home in St. Croix.[10] He is the father of a son referred to both as Walt Jr.[11] and, later, Walt III.[12] Frazier is a member of the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha.


  1. ^ "Beginnings: Walt Frazier". msgnetworks.com. MSG Networks. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "1971: Knicks Trade for Earl "The Pearl" Monroe to Form "Rolls Royce" Backcourt". New York Knicks. September 11, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Bradley, Bill (1976). Life on the Run. New York: RosettaBooks. ISBN 9780795323263.
  4. ^ Zwerling, Jared (September 19, 2012). "Kickin' it with a (former) Knick: Walt Frazier". espn.com. ESPN. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "Clyde So Fly – Grading Walt "Clyde" Frazier's suits one game at a time". clydesofly.com. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Personalities". msgnetworks.com. MSG Networks. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Search → Clyde". pumacom. Puma. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  8. ^ http://uk.puma.com/uk/en/pd/clyde/4056206378777.html
  9. ^ Frazier, Harvey (February 25, 2010). "Home and Garden – At Home With Walt Frazier – The Transition Game". New York Times. p. D1. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  10. ^ "Walt Frazier Is Still Living the Penthouse Life". Wall Street Journal. July 19, 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  11. ^ Newman, Chuck (February 3, 1986). "Penn's Walt Frazier Jr. Has a Tough Dad to Follow". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. C01. Retrieved June 12, 2007.
  12. ^ Hughes, C.J. (June 12, 2011). "Q & A with Walt Frazier III, Keller Williams broker and son of NBA great". therealdeal.com. The Real Deal – New York Real Estate News. Retrieved June 12, 2017.

External links

1967 NBA draft

The 1967 NBA draft was the 21st annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 3 and 4, 1967 before the 1967–68 season. In this draft, 12 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. A player who had finished his four-year college eligibility was eligible for selection. If a player left college early, he would not be eligible for selection until his college class graduated. The first two picks in the draft belonged to the teams that finished last in each division, with the order determined by a coin flip. The Detroit Pistons won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Baltimore Bullets were awarded the second pick. The remaining first-round picks and the subsequent rounds were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. Five teams that had the best records in previous season were not awarded second round draft picks. Two expansion franchises, the Seattle SuperSonics and the San Diego Rockets, took part in the NBA Draft for the first time and were assigned the sixth and seventh pick in the first round, along with the last two picks of each subsequent round. The draft consisted of 20 rounds comprising 162 players selected.

1967 National Invitation Tournament

The 1967 National Invitation Tournament was a single-elimination postseason college basketball tournament. Fourteen National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA Division I teams participated in the tournament. Southern Illinois defeated Marquette 71–56 in the championship game.

1967–68 New York Knicks season

The 1967–68 New York Knicks season was the 22nd season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the regular season, the Knicks finished in second place in the Eastern Division with a 43–39 record, qualifying for the NBA Playoffs for the second consecutive season. New York lost its opening round series to the Philadelphia 76ers, four games to two. Willis Reed scored 20.6 points per game and had 13.2 rebounds per game, leading the Knicks in both categories; Frazier had a team-high 4.1 assists per game.Walt Frazier joined the Knicks' roster in time for the 1967–68 season, having been selected by the team in the first round of the 1967 NBA draft. Bill Bradley also made his Knicks debut in 1967. New York had an early season six-game losing streak and stood at 15–22 on December 27. The Knicks then replaced their head coach, hiring Red Holzman to fill the position. To begin 1968, they won six consecutive games and reached 33–33 by mid-February. With a 28–17 record in Holzman's 45 games as coach, the Knicks reached the playoffs. The Knicks and 76ers split the first four games of their playoff series, before Philadelphia won games five and six to end New York's season.

1968–69 New York Knicks season

The 1968–69 New York Knicks season was the 23rd season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Knicks finished third in the Eastern Division with a 54–28 regular season record, and qualified for the NBA Playoffs for the third straight year. In the first round of the playoffs, New York defeated the Baltimore Bullets in a four-game sweep to earn a berth in the Eastern Division Finals. The Knicks lost the division finals to the eventual NBA champion Boston Celtics in six games. Willis Reed scored a team-best 21.1 points per game for the Knicks; Walt Frazier led the team with 7.9 assists per game and Reed averaged 14.5 rebounds per game.The Knicks selected Bill Hosket, Jr. in the opening round of the 1968 NBA draft, and made a significant trade early in the season, acquiring Dave DeBusschere from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Walt Bellamy and Butch Komives. Author Harvey Araton called him "the player who would complete the championship puzzle in New York." After a 5–11 start to the season, New York went on a long winning streak, winning all but 2 of 19 games in one stretch that included 13 straight home wins. After a two-game losing streak, the Knicks won 11 consecutive games from January 25 to February 15 to bring their record to 44–21. The Knicks had two four-game winning streaks during the rest of the season, and ended with a 54–28 record. This mark placed them third in the Eastern Conference; only the Bullets and Philadelphia 76ers had superior records. New York saw an increase in attendance during the regular season; after having six sellouts in their entire history, the Knicks played to capacity crowds in 14 games at Madison Square Garden.New York faced the Bullets, who had won 57 games in the regular season and held the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, in their first playoff round. The Knicks won the first two games by over 10 points each, and a pair of closer victories in games three and four eliminated Baltimore. They held home court advantage for their series with the Celtics, but lost it with a 108–100 loss in the first game. After losing two of the next three games, New York won game five to force a sixth game. However, Boston's Sam Jones posted 29 points to help the Celtics to a 106–105 win that ended the Knicks' season.

1969–70 NBA season

The 1969–70 NBA Season was the 24th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the New York Knicks winning the NBA Championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

For this season, officials switched from wearing the traditional black-and-white striped shirts to solid gray shirts.

1970–71 NBA season

The 1970–71 NBA season was the 25th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Milwaukee Bucks winning the NBA Championship, beating the Baltimore Bullets 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals. Three new teams made their debut: the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Buffalo Braves.

1972–73 New York Knicks season

The 1972–73 New York Knicks season was the 27th season of NBA basketball in New York City. The Knicks capture their second NBA title as they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, four games to one, which was exactly the same count the Knicks lost to the Lakers a year earlier.

1973–74 NBA season

The 1973–74 NBA season was the 28th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

1975 NBA All-Star Game

The 1975 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game that was played on January 14, 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It was the 25th edition of the event. The East won the game 108-102. The MVP of the game was Walt Frazier, who scored 30 points.

Coaches: East: K.C. Jones, West: Al Attles.

1976–77 New York Knicks season

The 1976–77 New York Knicks season was the 31st season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the regular season, the Knicks finished in third place in the Atlantic Division, and failed to qualify for the 1977 NBA Playoffs. Bob McAdoo, a mid-season trade acquisition, led the Knicks in points per game (26.7) and rebounds per game (12.7), while Walt Frazier had a team-high 5.3 assists per game.In the 1976 NBA draft, New York did not have a first-round pick, having been stripped of it in 1975 after attempting to sign American Basketball Association player George McGinnis, whose NBA rights were held by the Philadelphia 76ers. With their first selection, the Knicks chose Lonnie Shelton in the second round with the 25th overall pick. On November 30, 1976, the Knicks played their first game against the New York Nets in the regular season, losing 104–103. In December, the Knicks traded with the Buffalo Braves for McAdoo and Tom McMillen, sending John Gianelli and $3 million. McAdoo started in the 1977 NBA All-Star Game, and Earl Monroe was selected as a reserve. Coach Red Holzman stepped down at the end of the 1977 season, Willis Reed was named his replacement, and Holzman accepted a role as consultant. Bill Bradley also retired after the season and started a career in politics.

All-NBA Team

The All-NBA Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. The voting is conducted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The team has been selected in every season of the league's existence, dating back to its inaugural season in 1946. The All-NBA Team originally had two teams, but since 1988 it is typically composed of three five-man lineups—a first, second, and third team.

Players receive five points for a first team vote, three points for a second team vote, and one point for a third team vote. The five players with the highest point totals make the first team, with the next five making the second team and so forth. In the case of a tie at the fifth position of any team, the roster is expanded. If the first team consists of six players due to a tie, the second team will still consist of five players with the potential for more expansion in the event of additional ties. A tie has occurred only once, in 1952, when Bob Davies and Dolph Schayes tied in votes received. From 1946 to 1955, players were selected without regard to position; however, since 1956, each team has consisted of two guards, two forwards, and one center.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and LeBron James hold the record for the most total selections with fifteen. Karl Malone and Shaquille O'Neal follow with fourteen total honors, while Schayes, Bob Cousy, Jerry West, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dirk Nowitzki have twelve selections. James has the most All-NBA first team honors with twelve, while Malone and Bryant are tied for second-most with eleven.

David T. Howard High School

David T. Howard High School was a school for African Americans in Atlanta, Georgia. It has many prominent alumni. In 2018 the school was being renovated for a planned 2020 reopening as a middle school. Alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Maynard Jackson who became Atlanta's first Black mayor, Walt Frazier who played basketball at the school, Lonnie King, Vernon Jordan, Clarence Cooper (judge), and gold medal winning Olympian Mildred McDaniel Singleton. It is located at 551 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.

The school opened in 1923 as an Elementary School. It became a high school in 1948. It closed in 1976.

The school was named for David T. Howard, a former slave who owned Atlanta's largest black-owned undertaking business. He was a noted philanthropist, particularly focused on educating children. He donated thousands of dollars to poor children to be educated, to Tuskeegee University, and donated the 7.5 acre campus for the elementary school which was named after him.Martin Luther King Jr. attended the school from 1936 until 1940. The building is brick.


Frazier is a Scottish surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Adam Frazier (born 1991), American baseball player

Alexander Fuld Frazier (born 1986), American autistic rights advocate and author, Director of Autistic Reality

Brenda Frazier (1921-1982), American “celebutante” socialite during the Depression era

Charles Frazier (born 1950), American historical novelist

Clint Frazier (born 1994), American baseball player

E. Franklin Frazier (1894-1962), American sociologist

James B. Frazier (1856-1937), U.S Senator from Tennessee, 1905-1911

Jeff Frazier (born 1982), American baseball player

Jim Frazier (born 1940), Australian inventor, naturalist, and cinematographer

Joe Frazier (1944–2011), American heavyweight boxing champion

Joshua Frazier (born 1995), American football player

Kavon Frazier (born 1994), American football player

Kendrick Frazier (born 1942), American science writer; magazine editor

Kenneth Frazier, (born 1954), American business executive; president and CEO of pharmaceutical maker Merck & Co.

Kevin Frazier, (born 1964), American television host and actor

LaGaylia Frazier, (born 1961), American-born, Swedish singer

Lynn Frazier, (1874-1947), U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1923-1941

Marvis Frazier (born 1960), American heavyweight boxer; son of Joe Frazier

Michael Frazier II (born 1994), American basketball player

Nelson Frazier, Jr. (1971–2014), American professional wrestler best known as Viscera

Owsley Brown Frazier (1935–2012), American businessman and philanthropist

Sam Frazier, Jr. (born 1944), American lyricist and blues singer

Sheila Frazier (born 1948), American television and film actress

Todd Frazier (born 1986), American baseball player

Tommie Frazier (born 1974), American football player and coach

Tim Frazier (born 1990), American basketball player

Walt Frazier (born 1945), American basketball player and sportscaster

Willie Frazier (1942–2013), American football player

List of National Basketball Association career playoff assists leaders

This article provides two lists:

A list of National Basketball Association players by total career playoff assists recorded.

A progressive list of assist leaders showing how the record increased through the years.

NBA All-Defensive Team

The NBA All-Defensive Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) honor given since the 1968–69 NBA season to the best defensive players during the regular season. The All-Defensive Team is generally composed of ten players in two five-man lineups, a first and a second team. Voting is conducted by a panel of 123 writers and broadcasters. Prior to the 2013–14 NBA season, voting was performed by the NBA head coaches, who were restricted from voting for players on their own team. The players each receive two points for each first team vote and one point for each second team vote. The top five players with the highest point total make the first team, with the next five making the second team. In the case of a tie at the fifth position of either team, the roster is expanded. If the first team consists of six players due to a tie, the second team will still consist of five players with the potential for more expansion in the event of additional ties. Ties have occurred several times, most recently in 2013 when Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah tied in votes received.

Tim Duncan holds the record for the most total selections to the All-Defensive Team with 15. Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant follow with 12 total honors each, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has 11 total selections. Michael Jordan, Gary Payton, Garnett and Bryant share the record for most NBA All-Defensive first team selections with nine. Scottie Pippen, Bobby Jones, and Duncan made the first team eight times each. Walt Frazier, Dennis Rodman and Chris Paul made the All-Defensive first team seven times.When the coaches were responsible for voting, there were occasionally inconsistencies between the All-Defensive Team and the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, which has been voted on by the media. On four occasions, the Defensive Player of the Year winner was not voted to the All-Defensive first team in the same year. Player of the Year winners Alvin Robertson (1986), Dikembe Mutombo (1995), Tyson Chandler (2012), Marc Gasol (2013) were instead named to the second team.

New York Knicks

The New York Knickerbockers, more commonly referred to as the Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden, an arena they share with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other is the Brooklyn Nets. Alongside the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of two original NBA teams still located in its original city.

The team, established by Ned Irish in 1946, was one of the founding members of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which became the NBA after merging with the rival National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949. The Knicks were successful during their early years and were constant playoff contenders under the franchise's first head coach Joe Lapchick. Beginning in 1950, the Knicks made three consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals, all of which were losing efforts. Lapchick resigned in 1956 and the team subsequently began to falter.

It was not until the late 1960s when Red Holzman became head coach that the Knicks began to regain their former dominance. Holzman successfully guided the Knicks to two NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973. The Knicks of the 1980s had mixed success that included six playoff appearances; however, they failed to participate in the NBA Finals.

The playoff-level Knicks of the 1990s were led by future Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing; this era was marked by passionate rivalries with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and Miami Heat. During this time, they were known for playing tough defense under head coaches Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy, making two appearances in the NBA Finals, in 1994 and 1999. However, they were unable to win an NBA championship during this era.

Since 2000, the Knicks have struggled to regain their former glory, but won its first division title in 19 years in 2012–13, led by a core of forwards Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. They were eventually eliminated in the Eastern Conference semi-finals by the Indiana Pacers, and have failed to make the playoffs since.

Puma Clyde

Puma Clyde is a basketball shoe manufactured by athletic goods company Puma. It was made famous by its endorsement of Walt Frazier. Originally released in 1970/71, the shoe is significant within the old school hip hop and skate punk subcultures.

Whatever Happened to Micheal Ray?

Whatever Happened to Micheal Ray? is an American documentary produced in 2000 by NBA Entertainment about the rise and fall of All-Star point guard Micheal Ray Richardson. The film was written by Larry Weitzman and co-directed by Weltzman and Jim Podhoretz. The film is narrated by Chris Rock.

Rock, a native New Yorker, is entranced by the arrival of Micheal Ray Richardson on the New York sports scene. Richardson was a relatively unknown collegiate basketball player from the University of Montana—nicknamed "Sugar"—who had been drafted by the New York Knicks with the 4th overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft. According to the film documentary and first coach Willis Reed, Richardson could be compared favorably to Knick legend and man-about-town Walt Frazier ("Clyde"). In his rookie year, Richardson performed better off the court than on, but in his second year, blossomed into an All-Star, leading the NBA in both assists and steals and bearing a strong resemblance not only to Clyde, but to Earvin "Magic" Johnson, another tall and versatile point guard. Johnson tells us clearly how difficult it was to play against Richardson. Isiah Thomas, another contemporary superstar point guard, in the same vein says simply, "He was Sugar Ray, man. He was sweet."

Richardson was again an All-Star in his third year, 1980–81, but a poor performance by the Knicks in the playoffs that year led the team to trade Richardson's two closest friends on the team, Ray Williams and Mike Glenn, which in turn, according to the film, helped change the eager-to-please Richardson from a drug user to a drug abuser. Richardson found professional rejection difficult to accept; a particularly poignant anecdote comes from his first coach at Montana, Jud Heathcote. When Heathcote accepted the head coaching job at Michigan State, Richardson came to him in tears of disbelief asking whether the rumors of the coach's departure were true. Heathcote attempted to disabuse Richardson of the notion that he was like a father to the player. Richardson responded by telling Heathcote, "Coach, you have to remember, I don't have a father."

The Knicks and Richardson regressed together in 1981–82, and the Knicks traded Richardson to the Golden State Warriors at the beginning of the 1982–83 season.


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