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Mad Antics

  • New affiliates for the Mad Ants
    While nothing has been formally announced, the Mad Ants are likely to take on affiliations with the Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • Several Mad Ants stars to Europe
    Everyone knew the Mad Ants roster would look different, even in the wake of the team's first D-League championship.
  • Tryout information
    The Mad Ants will hold an open tryout from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Quest Multisport Complex in Chicago.

Knicks move could affect Ants

According to multiple media reports, the New York Knicks are planning to start their own D-League team in White Plains, N.Y.

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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.