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Knicks switching D-League affiliate from Pennsylvania to White Plains, N.Y.

Feb 27, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

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There’s such an abundance of basketball fans in New York, even these sad Knicks have filled Madison Square Garden to complete capacity this season.

The Knicks have been through so much turmoil over the last decade, and they still can’t shake supporters. It seems that will never change. Now, those area fans will have another place to spend money on their team – nearby White Plains.

Mike Dougherty of The Journal News:

Marc Stein of ESPN:

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The Knicks had a one-to-one affiliation with Erie, and it sound as if they’ll own the new White Plains franchise. This opens Erie to get a new one-to-one affiliate or for the D-League to spread around the 17 NBA teams currently sharing four D-League teams.

The D-League is definitely trending toward having 30 teams, one for each NBA team. This could be a move in that direction, or it could be a way to hedge in the mid-term.

But the D-League will likely eventually include affiliates near the parent club – like the Knicks with White Plains. So, in that sense, this is very much a move toward the future.

For the Knicks, this will mean greater control and more chance to utilize the D-League to develop players. With a franchise so close, New York front-office personnel can definitely get more involved.

Will this switch pay major dividends? Probably not. But the Knicks have the financial resources to pursue nearly any potential edge, and that’s what they did here. If this were to happen eventually anyway, the Knicks were wise to seek the advantage as soon as possible.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Thought they’d already switched it to Manhattan. (too easy. not my best work. just couldn’t not post it)

  2. caeser12 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Knicks and wise do NOT belong in the same story, let alone the same sentence.

    Also it’s the Billion Dollar Comedy Club, formerly known as Madison Square Garden.

    Thanks Dolan.

    *Knicks fan since 1967.

    No apologies necessary.

    • sumkat - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      hey, they would be talking about Wise potato chips, so it IS possible

  3. azarkhan - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Wow, thanks for that SUPER IMPORTANT update!!

  4. spillz121 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Every team should have a d league team and they should be used as a minor league affiliate to develop young talent. The stigma has to be somewhat removed from the d-league b/c young players like Anthony Bennett can use the extra playing time to work in their games and gain confidence. Most of the rookies in this class could have used some time in the d-league. I also think it would be good for international players. Instead of leavin them overseas to develop, let them come here and get acclimated not only to the game but to the culture.

  5. bhunter1995 - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    As someone who lives 20 minutes from White Plains this ia pretty cool, ill have to go to a couple games here or there.

    • dondada10 - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Where are you from? I live in Woodlawn and I’m gonna definitely go see them in the county center.

  6. sdelmonte - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Makes sense to have a minor league team close by. Would make more sense if it were actually used as a minor league. I can’t recall the last time the Knicks signed a D-Leaguer to a contract.

  7. noleitup - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    If the nfl was smart they would do the same thing. Theres too many good players that slip through the cracks in all of the professional leagues.

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