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NBA The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked  

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Everything's bigger and bolder in New York City - and that includes the sports franchises. Just take the New York Knicks, whose coaching staff is almost as storied as the basketball players themselves. The top Knicks coaches come in many forms. Some great leaders prioritized defense, while other former Knicks head coaches developed genius offensive plays. Many of the best New York Knicks coaches once played professionally themselves.

Who will you find on this list of famous New York Knicks head coaches? Pat Riley coached the Knicks from 1991-1995, leading them to the finals, but never receiving a championship in New York. He left the Knicks to become the coach of the Miami Heat. Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Rick Pitino was the head coach of the New York Knicks from 1987-1989. Other good Knicks coaches include Red Holzman, Don Nelson, and Kurt Rambis.

Do you have a favorite New York Knicks coach? Give the best team leaders a thumbs up, vote down the coaches you consider the worst, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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13 2
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Died at 78 (1920-1998)

2
14 5
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 73

3
13 6
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked

4
7 3
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 85

5
8 5
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Mike D'Antoni 66

6
8 5
Mike Woodson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 60

7
7 4
Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 66

8
3 1
Dick McGuire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Died at 84 (1926-2010)

9
3 1
John MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 81

10
6 5
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 76

11
5 4
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 81

12
5 5
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 78

13
3 3
Herb Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 60

14
6 7
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 57

15
4 5
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 78

16
3 4
Joe Lapchick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Died at 70 (1900-1970)

17
1 2
Andrew Levane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Died at 92 (1920-2012)

18
1 3
Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 72

19
0 3
Bob Hill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 70

20
0 3
Eddie Donovan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Died at 79 (1922-2001)

21
0 3
Neil Cohalan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Died at 62 (1906-1968)

22
0 3
Vince Boryla is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 89 (1927-2016)

23
4 8
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 55

24
2 6
Kurt Rambis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 60

25
3 8
Derek Fisher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 44

26
0 4
Carl Braun is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Died at 83 (1927-2010)

27
0 4
Stu Jackson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 63

28
0 5
Harry Gallatin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked