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Ranking the Greatest Franchise Players in NY Knicks History

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Ranking the Greatest Franchise Players in NY Knicks History
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Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and Walt "Clyde" Frazier made the cut.

After feeling the tremors of an earthquake’s aftershock and being swarmed by Hurricane Irene less than a week later, New Yorkers have entered uncharted territory.

Mother Nature even may have given some of us reason to believe we are witnessing the beginning of the end.

With no apparent resolution to the NBA lockout on the horizon, the threat of elimination of the entire season is very serious and represents the apocalypse to many devoted fans.

Just when New York had gotten back on track behind the superb play of two of the league’s finest, it appears as though Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire might have to put their Knicks legacies on hold.

While the youngsters may be unaware, the Knicks remain one of the NBA’s most storied franchises despite recent years in decline. Successful squads of yesteryear were led by the who’s who of legendary players, some of whom have been honored as members of the 50 greatest anniversary team selected in 1996.

From Walt to Bernard and Willis to Patrick, it’s debatable who is regarded as the best to ever represent the franchise.

So, why don’t we escape reality for a bit, take a journey back to the Knicks’ glory days when championships were always in the realm of possibility and settle this debate once and for all?

 

*This list only includes true Knicks, so unless a player was drafted by New York or spent numerous productive years with the team, he will be omitted. Sorry, Zach Randolph.

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