The Madison Square Garden Company and the New York Knickerbockers today announced that the company’s new NBA Development League team will be named the WestchesterKnicks and unveiled the new team’s logo at a special event at Westchester County Center. The Westchester Knicks, which serves as the exclusive affiliate of the New York Knicks, will debut in the 2014-15 season, playing its home games at the County Center in White Plains, New York. Following the initial announcement on March 10 regarding the new franchise, theKnicks invited fans to help choose the name for the new D-League team by submitting suggestions online. The Westchester Knicks was the popular choice among fans.
“We are excited for the Westchester Knicks to bring NBA-caliber basketball and affordable, family-friendly entertainment to Westchester County Center this fall,” said Dave Howard, president of MSG Sports. “Thank you to all the fans who went online to submit team name suggestions. We are proud to be extending the Knicks brand to Westchester.”
“We are proud to be the home of the Westchester Knicks,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “With the winning combination of the NBA, the Knicksorganization, Madison Square Garden and Westchester County behind it, the team is already off to a great start.”
The new Westchester Knicks logo is a modern interpretation of the New York Knicks original primary logo, used from the inaugural 1946-47 season through 1963-64, which featured a smiling Father Knickerbocker dribbling a basketball, the brainchild of famed sports cartoonist Willard Mullin of the New York World-Telegram.
The team name and logo were unveiled during an open house seat selection event at Westchester County Center for fans and businesses interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2014-15 season. The fun, free evening included a youth basketball clinic, performances by the Knicks City Dancers, music, contests and giveaways for attendees.Fans interested in purchasing tickets can visit www.WestchesterKnicks.com, ticket packages start as low as $250 for the entire 25 home game season. For more information fans can follow the team on Twitter (@wcknicks) and Facebook (facebook.com/wcknicks).