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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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Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 78 (1920-1998)
2
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
3
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Pat Riley age 74
4
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 86
5
Mike Woodson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 61
6
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 82
7
Joe Lapchick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 70 (1900-1970)
8
Herb Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 61
9
Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 67
10
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Mike D'Antoni 66
11
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Don Nelson age 79
12
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 77
13
Dick McGuire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)
14
Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 73
15
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 79
16
John MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 82
17
Andrew Levane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 92 (1920-2012)
18
Eddie Donovan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 79 (1922-2001)
19
Vince Boryla is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 89 (1927-2016)
20
Stu Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 64
21
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 58
22
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 56
23
Bob Hill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 71
24
Neil Cohalan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 62 (1906-1968)
25
Carl Braun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 83 (1927-2010)