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Knicks Legends Night

February 25, 2010

On Monday night the New York Knicks paid tribute to their 1970 Championship team with a halftime ceremony celebrating the 40th Anniversary of that memorable first franchise championship. Photos by Avi Gerver, ©Madison Square Garden, Inc.

In 1970, Knicks captain Willis Reed (seen here with the championship trophy) became the first player in history to be named NBA All-Star Game MVP, regular season MVP, and NBA Finals MVP in the same season. But his most memorable moment took place on May 8, 1970, when he took the court in Game 7 despite being injured and scored the Knicks’ first two field goals on his first two shot attempts, his only points of the game.

While Reed brought inspiration to Game 7, Walt Clyde Frazier put up the big numbers:
36 points, 19 assist, and 5 steals.

Admittedly, I had no part in the Knicks winning the 1970 Championship (I hadn’t yet been born), but here’s a fun shot taken by Dave Saffran of me in front of the original championship banner:

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