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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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1
14 3
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 78 (1920-1998)

2
14 7
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 74

3
14 9
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked

4
9 6
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Mike D'Antoni 66

5
9 6
Mike Woodson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 61

6
8 5
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 86

7
8 5
Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 67

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

9
6 6
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 82

10
5 5
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 79

11
3 3
Herb Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 61

12
3 3
John MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 82

13
6 7
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 58

14
6 7
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 77

15
5 6
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 79

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

17
2 3
Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 73

18
1 2
Andrew Levane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 92 (1920-2012)

19
0 3
Bob Hill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 71

20
0 3
Eddie Donovan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Derek Fisher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 45

24
4 9
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 56

25
2 7
Kurt Rambis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 61