WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – New York Knick Jeremy Tyler helped Westchester officials and families unveil the name and logo of the team’s new developmental league team, which will be called the Westchester Knicks.
In grand fashion, the logo lowered from the rafters of the Westchester County Center Wednesday evening, revealing the name. Watching were Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and current Knick Jeremy Tyler, who had bounced around the D-League until the Knicks called him up this season.
“This place is going to be rocking come this fall,” Astorino said.
Starting in 2014-15, the Knicks D-League team will be playing its home games in Westchester.
Astorino went on to say that Westchester families can enjoy quality play at affordable prices and that taxpayers can expect the county to make some money on this partnership.
“it’s great for Westchester, good for the Knicks and good for the entire region," Astorino said.
While President Obama visited Tarrytown earlier in the day to push for more infrastructure money, Astorino said the unveiling Wednesday night was an even bigger deal.
Tuckahoe’s Donald Gunther and the AAU boys basketball team he coaches also watched the unveiling in between taking foul shots and enjoying the music and other open house festivities. His son, Isaiah, plays on the team with Kole Lewis, of Rye Neck high school, Joseph Bull and Quinten Bullens, who said he liked the new D-League team name.
“it’s good to have it local,” said Gunther’s neighor Darryl Taylor. “It’s good for the kids obviously and a lot of people don’t really know about the D-League. So, it’s a good opportunity to see some of the players on the team in the beginning of the year.”
Like Taylor, Ossining’s Charlene Davis goes to several Knicks games during the year and both said they plan to attend some Westchester Knicks games when they start play next season.
“We’re really big Knicks fans, so we’re really excited to have the D-league right here in Westchester,” she said. “So, it’s a really exciting time.
Her friend Greg Armstrong, of Middletown, said he likes that tickets are affordable.
“It’s good for the community to have affordable tickets for kids,” he said. “The lowest ticket price was $10. So even for a family without a lot of money that seems pretty affordable. You don’t have to go all the way into the city. And you can see some good quality basketball. A lot of these guys, eventually they wind up in the pros, like last year Jeremy Tyler whose with the Knicks started here.”