On Wednesday the Knicks announced their formal partnership with the D-League’s Erie Bayhawks. On the surface what this means is a bit hazy, but it can’t hurt. By spending money on the Bayhawks’ expenses and eventual growth, the Knicks are hopefully adding a resourceful pool of serviceable talent for the picking, and by making Allan Houston its general manager we know they’re taking things serious.
Just a day after the announcement was made, the wheels are in motion.
Courtesy of Ridiculous Upside:
The Knicks had what was expected to be around 18 players in on Thursday, though Ridiculous Upside’s trusty network of league sources was only able to learn 10 of the names as of late Thursday night.
The most recognizable name expected in attendance was 34-year-old NBA veteran Bonzi Wells. Wells was a lottery pick in the 1998 NBA Draft , eventually amassing 591 NBA games with five teams, before recent stops playing professional basketball in China and Puerto Rico.
Others confirmed to be invited to the workout were guards Jerel McNeal,Will Conroy and Javaris Crittenton along with big men Cedric Simmons, Jeff Foote, Vernon Goodridge, Trent Plaisted, Ivan Johnson, Arinze Onuaku and Joe Alexander.
To be honest, half of these names I’m unfamiliar with and the other 45 percent are useless. A few caught my eye though: Syracuse little big man Arinze Onuaku, tough as nails and master of the 2-3 zone; former lottery pick Joe Alexander, a swingman who didn’t fit in with the Bucks but could maybe fill in as a functional backup to Carmelo, especially in D’Antoni’s system; and Javaris Crittenton, a natural at regulating mid-flight poker disputes.
As reported on Ridiculous Upside the Knicks are scheduled to hold a second workout on June 25 and 26, two days after the draft. Through the course of a strenuous 82 game season, having the ability to develop players under their own supervision in a minor league-like setting should serve to the Knick advantage. If not, at least they have a place to put Andy Rautins.