William “Red” Holzman was an NBA basketball player and coach probably best known as the head coach of the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1982. Holzman helped lead the Knicks to two NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973, and was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985.
In 1996, Holzman was named one of Top 10 Coaches in NBA History. When he retired from coaching in 1982, Holzman was the second-winningest coach in NBA history, with a .535 winning percentage. His 696 victories in regular-season play were second then to Red Auerbach’s 938, and the number of Holzman’s triumphs as a Knick coach – 613, by far the most in club history – was retired on a Knick jersey and raised to the Madison Square Garden rafters in 1990.