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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
10 3
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Pat Riley age 73

2
8 2
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

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

4
6 2
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Mike D'Antoni 66

5
4 1
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Hubie Brown age 85

6
5 3
Mike Woodson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Mike Woodson age 60

7
4 2
Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Rick Pitino age 66

8
5 5
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Isiah Thomas age 57

9
4 4
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Larry Brown age 78

10
3 3
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Willis Reed age 76

11
2 2
Herb Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Herb Williams age 60

12
1 1
Dick McGuire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dick McGuire Died at 84 (1926-2010)

13
1 1
Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Don Chaney age 72

14
1 1
John MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
John MacLeod age 81

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15
4 5
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Jeff Hornacek age 55

16
3 4
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Lenny Wilkens age 81

17
3 4
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Don Nelson age 78

18
2 3
Kurt Rambis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Kurt Rambis age 60

19
2 3
Joe Lapchick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Joe Lapchick Died at 70 (1900-1970)

20
0 1
Bob Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Bob Hill age 70

21
0 1
Vince Boryla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Vince Boryla Died at 89 (1927-2016)

22
0 1
Andrew Levane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Andrew Levane Died at 92 (1920-2012)

23
0 1
Eddie Donovan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Eddie Donovan Died at 79 (1922-2001)

24
0 1
Neil Cohalan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Neil Cohalan Died at 62 (1906-1968)

25
3 5
Derek Fisher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Derek Fisher age 44

26
0 2
Carl Braun is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Carl Braun Died at 83 (1927-2010)

27
0 2
Stu Jackson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Stu Jackson age 63

28
0 2
Harry Gallatin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked