Great news for Westchester and sports fans – on March 10, 2014 the NBA Development League and The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) joined Westchester County officials in announcing that the New York Knicks D-League team will begin using the Westchester County Center in White Plains as its home court for the 2014-2015 season with a five-year contract to 2019 and an option for a five-year renewal.
When the Knicks D-League team arrives in Westchester, it will bring in revenue to the county of up to $288,000 per season, and even more if the team makes the playoffs. The agreement carries no risk for taxpayers and has a big upside as attendance and revenue grow from parking, tickets, food and merchandise. The team will bring high quality and affordable basketball games that will surely be enjoyed by many Westchester families.
The Knicks currently train in Greenburgh and will now use the D-League team for rehab assignments of injured Knicks players, and Knicks coaches can closely observe players they may need to bring up to the NBA. About 30 percent of present NBA players have spent time in the NBA D-League.
The team’s general manager and former Knicks star Alan Houston stated, “We are very excited to bring a New York Knicks NBA Development League franchise to Westchester, a great basketball community that has embraced orange and blue and served as our training home for 25 plus years,” said Houston. “The NBA D-League is thriving, and this opportunity allows us to develop players closer to our training facility, and to provide high level, affordable basketball entertainment to the community.”
The team is looking for a name and fans can submit suggestions or make a deposit on season tickets by going to: nyknicksdleague.com.