According to multiple media reports, the New York Knicks are planning to start their own D-League team in White Plains, N.Y.
This could have an impact on the Mad Ants. Let me explain ...
The new team -- and I can't quite figure out if this is for next season -- would leave the Erie BayHawks without an affiliation.
The Mad Ants have six.
With the NBA wanting to have a D-League team for every NBA team, this would create a scenario in which the BayHawks may need one of the Mad Ants' many affiliations.
As an aside, I don't really understand why the D-League thinks the one-to-one ratio would work. Are there really enough prospects for this?
Again, using the Mad Ants as the example, they only have one NBA prospect right now -- Jamaal Franklin of Memphis -- and have spent much of the season with none.
As long as college basketball is the real minor-league system for the NBA, I just don't see the need for the one-to-one model, nice as it might sound in theory. I'd rather see the D-League concentrate on strong markets from the business standpoint than a developmental model that's not totally necessary.