The New York Knicks, also known as the Knicks, are a professional basketball team based in New York City. The team was founded in 1946 as one of the original teams of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which would later become the National Basketball Association (NBA).

In their early years, the Knicks were not very successful on the court, failing to make the playoffs in their first eight seasons. However, in the 1950s and 1960s, the team began to improve, led by players such as Harry Gallatin, Richie Guerin, and Willis Reed.

In the 1969-1970 season, the Knicks won their first NBA Championship, led by Reed, who was named the Finals MVP. The team returned to the finals the following year but lost to the Milwaukee Bucks.

In the 1970s, the team continued to be competitive, led by players such as Bill Bradley, Earl Monroe, and Walt Frazier. The team reached the finals again in 1973, but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.

In the 1980s, the team struggled, missing the playoffs for the first time in nearly two decades. However, in the early 1990s, the team drafted Patrick Ewing, who would become one of the best players in the league and lead the team to the playoffs several times.

In the late 1990s, the team acquired several key players, including Allan Houston, Latrell Sprewell, and Marcus Camby, and reached the NBA Finals in 1999, but lost to the San Antonio Spurs.

The New York Knicks have a storied history in the NBA, with many notable players and coaches having passed through the organization. The team has won 2 NBA championships, and has a large and passionate fan base in New York City and the surrounding area.

Today, the team is owned by the Madison Square Garden Company, and the team's home games are played at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.