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Red Holzman - Hall-of-Fame coach of the 1970 Knicks - takes the reader back to that unforgettable season when the New York Knicks won their first NBA championship. After having finished near the league's bottom for an entire decade, no one expected them to win that year.
Now we have the book that tells it all. Red does for the 1970 Knicks what Roger Kahn did for the inimitable Brooklyn Dodgers in THE BOYS OF SUMMER. Giving us more than just the plays and the box scores, Red and his team reveal themselves in a brand new light. For the first time we see their passions, and their personalities.
The team included Bill Bradley (now senator from New Jersey), Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere, Dick Barnett, and Cazzie Russell. Their opponents included such legendary super-stars as Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. Taking us behind the scenes, Red and his team now give us the stories behind the stories. The players as they really were in life, not just the way they looked on TV.
Then, in a special epilogue, Red and the team play a Fantasy Game with Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls - and defeat them.
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The ex-coach of the New York Knicks looks back in meandering fashion at his team's first championship, which capped one of the most exciting seasons in basketball history. For Holzman (A View from the Beach, 1980, also coauthored with New York Post sportswriter Lewin, etc.) and the Knicks, 1969 was the year it finally all came together. A scout for many years, Holzman had replaced Dick McGuire partway through the 1967 season. He had scouted every player on the now-legendary 1969-70 team, which included Willis Reed, Bill Bradley, Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere, Cazzie Russell, and Dick Barnett. Not a big team or particularly fast, the Knicks won with ``team ball that featured passing, defense and intelligence.'' They set a record by winning 18 games in a row, shooting nearly 50% during the streak (Holzman supplies box scores for every game through the finals). The playoffs with Baltimore featured a great matchup of Frazier against Earl ``The Pearl'' Monroe. The Knicks prevailed, taking the seventh game 127-114, despite Monroe's 32 points, and they took on the Milwaukee Bucks and a 7'2'' rookie named Lew Alcindor (a.k.a. Kareem Abdul Jabbar), crushing them 132-96 in the fifth and deciding game. Then it was on to the finals against a Laker team that boasted Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and Elgin Baylor. Following a humbling 135-113 defeat in the sixth game, the Knicks became world champions, rocking Madison Square Garden with a 113-99 victory. Great basketball, then, but Holzman wanders maddeningly from one season and subject to another with little or no transition- -often in the middle of a tangential anecdote. A poorly prepared, seemingly off-the-cuff account. (Photos--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
Holzman, coach of the 1969-70 New York Knicks, relives that magical season when the team captured its first NBA championship. It was a squad that featured unselfish passing, voracious defense, and intelligent playmaking from players like Dave DeBusschere, Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley, and Willis Reed. Holzman readily admits he is more a craftsman than a motivator (e.g., "this is a really big game" was his best pitch), with the ability to arrange the parts into a polished whole. This is epitomized in his account of how the team overcame an injury to Reed in defeating a Los Angeles Laker squad led by Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, and Wilt Chamberlain. For spice, the former coach includes his rendition of a fantasy game in which his Knicks are matched against the current champions, the Chicago Bulls. This book will be a delight for devotees, particularly Knicks fans. For large and regional sports collections.
- William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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