Ever so desperate to escape all the talk surrounding the NBA lockout and its labor negotiations? If you're looking for a basketball fix, Erie, Pennsylvania may have the solution for you.
While the NBA D-League may not exactly be the same high-powered basketball competition fans oh so desire and crave, the Knicks' direct affiliation with the Erie BayHawks may interest fans enough to keep up with the team as the NBA lockout steamrolls on.
Former Knicks great Allan Houston, the team's Assistant General Manager, serves as G.M. for the D-League squad as he continues to ready himself for a similar position with his former team in the future.
The BayHawks recently made a roster move that should certainly garner interest from passionate New York sports fans, inviting St. John's University standout D.J. Kennedy to training camp after Kennedy impressed during the team's free agent tryouts.
Kennedy starred for the Red Storm through his senior year last season in which he averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds before tearing his ACL.
Inviting Kennedy to camp, after having shown so much promise in the past, is a low-risk, high-reward type move for the BayHawks that would certainly give local fans a big reason to follow the team and root for Kennedy's success.
Though signing with the BayHawks does not directly affiliate Kennedy with the Knicks in any way just yet, a local fan's pipe-dream to see Kennedy on the Knicks would officially begin to form, should he prove he's fully recovered from the injury and subsequently take the court for the D-League squad.
The last Johnnie to don orange and blue was, of course, Lavor Postell, who struggled in limited time on the court after being drafted in the second round of the 2000 NBA Draft. He did, however, played with the Knicks through 2003.
Without getting too ahead of ourselves, the idea of Kennedy potentially playing for the Knicks would likely be more celebrated than Postell, as expectations would obviously be lower given the situation, with the moment that Kennedy makes the Knicks being a major achievement in itself, should he find success in the D-League. There's no doubt the fans will be on his side.
On a related note, Kennedy's signing was first reported by my pal, Tommy Dee of "The Knicks Blog," as well as D-League blogging extraordinaire Scott Schroeder.