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Walt Frazier says these Knicks remind him of champion ’73 Knicks

Apr 4, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

Walt-Frazier

When you first think of the Knicks championship teams you flash to Willis Reed coming out of the tunnel for Game 7 of the 1970 finals.

But the 1973 team was different — it was a team that battled some injuries during the season but came together late for a run through the playoffs.

Knicks legend Walt Frazier — the leading scorer of the 1973 team at 21.1 points a game — watches this year’s Knicks team, and their recent 10-game winning streak, and thinks it looks pretty familiar to him, he told the New York Daily News.

“We had a lot of injuries throughout that season,” the Knick legend said Wednesday, before the Knicks were too much for the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. “We were a very talented team. I’ve always said we had more talent on that team than we did on our first championship team, which really personified team basketball. But we had guys in and out all season, and then we got hot, just like this team is doing now, and we really took off in the playoffs.”

The 1973 Knicks team had the second best record in the East but nobody expected them to beat the 68-win Celtics with MVP Dave Cowens. Then out of the West there was the defending champion Lakers with Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain. The Knicks were good but not supposed to be at a championship level. Turns out they were.

Knicks fans would love to see history repeat itself 30-years later.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Clyde knows. This team genuinely loves playing basketball together. They work as a team. They volunteer in the community as a team (saw them several times in Harlem around the holidays). They have the right mixture of star power, grunt workers and role players. It does remind me of the 1973 team (which will be honored at the Garden tomorrow night). I hope that they reach the pinnacle as that team did, also.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:13 AM

      Walt is a man with mad style, I would listen to him.

  2. m3dman3 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    1973 was 40 years ago, not 30.

  3. nycalldayz - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    1973 is as far as the Knicks last successful season that is sad. They remind more of the ’95 Knicks, old and can’t get over the hump. I would be in total shock if they beat the Miami Heat.

  4. jhuck92 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Did he say this before or after ‘Melo dropped 90 points in 2 days? I feel like people say things like this only during impressive win streaks and individual performances

    • stoudemelo - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Walt was quoted “before the Knicks were too much for the hawks at Phillips arena”

  5. cwilson6843 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Melo stoudmire jr smith and k mart are not mature enough to win a title. I mean last year amare punched a glass case and split his hand open. Melo intentionally fouls people wen he doesn’t get his foul call. And k mart is known for messing up a teams chemistry cuz he thinks he’s a thug and tries to bully team mates. Yes Melo is playing outstanding 1 player basketball. But not even Jordan did it by himself. If the Knicks check there ego i think they will have a chance. But i don’t see that happening

  6. miamatt - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Walt wasn’t to be trusted about Just For Men, and he isn’t to be trusted about this.

    • badintent - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      And we know how that Miami sun fries brain cells. Mix in bath salts and you got the Walking Dead. Tyson and K-mart own Bosh.

      • miamatt - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        Tyson didn’t seem to own Bosh last April…

  7. cwilson6843 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    This is coming from the same guy who downgraded the heats 27 game streak because he believes this league is weak. Walt is pathetic and he’s trying to stay relevant

    • majorhavoc83 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Oh please. Spare me. Clyde has *forgotten* more about basketball than you’ll ever know.

  8. asimonetti88 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    The Knicks have a lot of talent, if they can play consistent defense in the playoffs they could make a run. The Heat are obviously a tough matchup and so are San Antonio, OKC and Denver in the West. At the top of their game they could beat any of those teams, but I think it would take too many things coming together all at the right time to actually happen. Who knows though, no one expected the Mavs to win it a few years ago either.

    • badintent - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      Did the Mavs have some guy name Kidd on the team ? My point exactly. Let it rain 3′s ALL NIGHT LONG.

  9. doctordunkenstein - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Walt Frazier, shut the hell up. Your gray hair is showing

  10. rdav29 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    No play for Mr. Gray

  11. themagicfanguy - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Suuuuuuure they do Walt, sure they do.

  12. hartdaddy - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Sounds like a lot of fans are worried about the Knicks & just won’t admit it. He’s comparing the fact that each team was talented but suffered injuries all season long before getting hot & making a run against teams nobody had given them a chance to beat. Last I check, that does sound damn similar to this years Knick squad. A lot of you kiddies need to show some damn respect to a basketball great who knows what the hell he’s talking about. Damn fans who showed up to basketball 3 years ago when the Heat came together just won’t go away sometimes.

  13. cantonbound13 - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    F#c€ the Heat!!! We’re beating those overrated Divas!

  14. 6stn - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    I remember those early-seventies NBA teams. The Knicks were talented and intelligent players. Great teamwork, but they caught a break when Havlicek got hurt.

    • badintent - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Please. Johnnie Chucker Kobe Jr. career .427 FG. It would have been .227 except that he got a bunch of easy fast break points thanks to Russel’s great outlet passes.. Boston was better off with him sucking his thumb on the pine. Knicks beat them even with Red pulling fire alarms in the Knicks hotel in Beantown at 3:00 in the morning.Don’t make wine with those sour grapes.

  15. jimsjam33 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    The Clippers in the finals will chomp , step-on , maul and tear up the Knickerbockers .

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