- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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They either lack creativity or love continuity.
A group of Knicks fans has voted to name the team’s new D-League affiliate ... the Westchester Knicks. Seriously.
The Knicks invited fans to help choose the name for the new D-League team by submitting suggestions online. “Knicks” was the overwhelming winner.
The Westchester Knicks will begin play in 2014-15, playing home games at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.
“It’s an outreach to the community and hits a different demographic. It’s a very accessible, very affordable family friendly grassroots basketball outreach that’s very compelling because the quality of play,” Dave Howard, president of MSG Sports, said. “We think it’s a tremendous way to develop new fans, more fans, and to get a deeper outreach into the Westchester community and the surrounding areas.”
Ticket packages start as low as $250 for the entire 25 home game season. Fans interested in purchasing tickets can visit www.WestchesterKnicks.com.
Jeremy Tyler started the season last year at the Knicks’ D League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. He was later added to the Knicks’ roster and established himself as a rotation player for a significant portion of the season. Tyler said that his experience in the D-League helped prepare him for the NBA.
“The talent is not as good but those guys are playing hard, playing for something to prove,” Tyler said. “It shows you can’t take anything for granted because there’s guys that are after your spot. There’s guys that are wanting to prove themselves just like you are.”
Tyler believes that having the Knicks’ new D-League team just minutes away from the team’s practice facility in Greenburgh would help the Westchester Knicks.
“It’s a great advantage because they can come and watch Melo shootaround or just come and watch practice,” Tyler said.
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