The New York Knicks or the New York Knickerbockers as they are formally known as are one of the two professional basketball teams from New York City. This NBA team is part of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and one of the leading teams in their current division. The New York Knicks have had a long and detailed history during their time as an organization; a history that began back in 1946. When the New York Knicks first came together as an organization they were one of the founding members of the BBA the Basketball Association of America. In 1949 when the league merged with their rivals in the NBL (National Basketball League) they became the NBA that is known today.