Red Holzman was an American basketball coach who had a long and successful career in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1920 and began his basketball career as a player in the American Basketball League (ABL) in the 1940s. He then moved to the NBA in 1949, where he played for the Rochester Royals and the New York Knicks.

Holzman was known for his defensive strategies and his ability to motivate his players. He was also known for his ability to develop young talent, which he did with the Knicks. He coached the team to two NBA championships in 1970 and 1973. He was also named NBA Coach of the Year twice, in 1969 and 1972.

Holzman was also known for his ability to adjust to the changing times in the NBA. He was one of the first coaches to embrace the three-point shot and the fast-break offense. He was also one of the first coaches to use the zone defense, which was a revolutionary concept at the time.

Holzman retired from coaching in 1982, but his legacy lives on. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986 and his number 6 jersey was retired by the Knicks in 1985. He is remembered as one of the greatest coaches in NBA history and his influence can still be seen in the game today.