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The ’69-’70 Knicks: The Team that Time Forgot

Published by on May 16, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

A high-demand member of the NBA, the New York Knicks were still seeking their first league championship in 1969-70, when a flamboyant coach with a high-octane style named Red Holzman took over a group of individuals that would have made Allen Iverson look like a team player and turned them into a team ready to run the table.

Holzman had been a guard with the old Rochester Royals in the 1940s and early '50s, both in the National Basketball League and in the NBA, and had coached the Hawks in Milwaukee and St. Louis for four seasons in the late '50s. He then worked as a scout before succeeding Dick McGuire as coach of the Knicks in 1967.

Coach Red preached defense and team ball, and players conformed to his te...

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