Knicks completes plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first title


Knicks plans to hold a special 50th anniversary celebration on March 21 to honor their first championship team from 1969-70 have come to an end better than never, The Post learned.

All players from the Knicks first title team were invited to a Saturday party as the Knicks host the Warriors. The argument was to find an appropriate date to ensure that most of the players could take part.

Last month, at least two of the former players from 1969 to 1970 were privately surprised that they hadn't heard from the organization about a golden anniversary night.

To celebrate their 50th anniversary of the 1969 World Series title, the Mets hosted and promoted several events last season.

Team captain Willis Reed, who lives in Louisiana, is expected to belong to Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley and Dick Barnett.

David Stallworth, John Warren, Mike Riordan, Cazzie Russell, Don May and Bill Hosket are among the invited.

Bill Bradey, Willis Reed and Walt
Bill Bradey, Willis Reed and Walt "Clyde" FrazierPaul J. Bereswill

The late members of the squad are Dave DeBusschere, Nate Bowman and head coach Red Holzman. Phil Jackson was also in the 1969-70 team, but in the injured reserve. It is unclear whether the former President of Knicks will attend.

The Knicks defeated the Lakers in seven games on May 8, 1970 to win everything, but it's difficult times to celebrate these glory days.

The 50th anniversary season didn't go as planned, with coach David Fizdale fired in December, president Steve Mills fired earlier this month, and a record 17-38 from the All-Star break.

This is the seventh season in a row in the playoffs and extends the drought in the championship to 47 years. The Knicks won their second title in 1973.

The Knicks – very publicly – hired a brand consultant, Steve Stoute, to change their image in January.