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New York Knicks honor 1973 NBA championship team, their last to win a title

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    New York Knicks Hall-of-Famer Willis Reed responds to questions during an interview before an NBA basketball game between the Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks, Friday, April 5, 2013, in New York. The Knicks will honor the 1972-73 world championship team in a halftime ceremony.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Knicks Hall-of-Famer Bill Bradley responds to questions during an interview before an NBA basketball game between the Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks, Friday, April 5, 2013, in New York. The Knicks will honor the 1972-73 world championship team in a halftime ceremony. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Knicks Hall-of-Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier responds to questions during an interview before an NBA basketball game between the Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks, Friday, April 5, 2013, in New York. The Knicks will honor the 1972-73 world championship team in a halftime ceremony. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Knicks Hall-of-Famer Earl Monroe responds to questions during an interview before an NBA basketball game between the Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks, Friday, April 5, 2013, in New York. The Knicks will honor the 1972-73 world championship team in a halftime ceremony. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (The Associated Press)

Hoping to contend for a title this season, the New York Knicks are honoring their last team to win one.

The Knicks assembled most of their 1972-73 championship team for a 40th anniversary celebration. The team had a dinner Thursday and was to be recognized Friday during halftime of their game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

With six future Hall of Fame players, the Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers in five games to win their second title in four years. New York has been back to the NBA Finals just twice since.

Former Knick Bill Bradley says: "Once a Knick fan, always a Knick fan, and for 40 years we've been suffering Knick fans."

But the franchise was once among the NBA's best, also winning in 1970 and reaching the '72 finals.