The present Knicks logo was last updated during the start of the 2011 season. "Then we came up with the triangular shape in the background to almost give it a super-hero feeling. We drew inspiration from Superman, Batman and Gotham City. There's no city like New York, there's no lifestyle like New York. We worked with a native New Yorker named Michael Doret, who was a Knicks fan and the perfect guy to help us pull off the logo. The Knicks have had a total of 8 different logos over their over 65-year history.
2012 - Present
The black was eliminated from the color scheme and the words “New York” was continued. One of the things we really wanted to do was capture some of the feeling in New York, so we made the ‘Knicks’ font looking up. It’s as if you’re right by the Garden and you’re looking up to the sky, and what you see are tall shapes. That was kind of the inspiration, and we added black below the lettering. Now it’s silver. We also evolved the basketball a little bit to make it more authentic to the actual ball.
1996 - 2011
The 1996 version of the “Classic Roundball Logo” has very slight changes to the colors. In addition, they added the wordmark “NEW YORK” in blue above the other wordmark.
1993 - 1995
Before the 1992 – 1993 season the Knicks updated their “Classic Roundball Logo” to its present form, with the wordmark “KNICKS” in a futuristic font, again superimposed over a orange basketball, with a silver triangle and a blue border accentuating the look. The “New Look” logo was designed by Tom O’Grady.
1990 - 1992
The “Classic Roundball Logo” has been modified with an orange basketball with blue outline. The superimposed wordmark “KNICKS” is in orange with blue border.
1984 - 1989
The Knicks made slight changes to the “Classic Roundball Logo” by again changing the basketball to brown with darker brown seams. The wordmark “KNICKS” changed back to orange with blue trim.
1980 - 1983
The “Classic Roundball Logo” changed in 1980 to a orange basketball with black seam and a blue outline. The wordmark “KNICKS” is now red on a white background with a blue trim.
1965 - 1979
The Knickerbockers would introduce an iconic logo that would endure for the next three decades. Designed by Bud Freeman, the wordmark “KNICKS” superimposed over a brown basketball is known as the “Classic Roundball Logo.”
1947 - 1964
The first logo of the New York Knickerbockers is of a character named “Father Knickerbocker” dribbling a orange basketball with black outline, in the iconic blue and orange colors. It was designed by New York World-Telegram cartoonist Willard Mullin.