As expected, the Erie BayHawks officially introduced Gene Cross yesterday afternoon as the team's new head coach.
With a wealth of experience both on the collegiate and D-League level, Cross comes to Erie after spending the past season as an assistant coach with the Iowa Energy.
And after 16 years of coaching and proving himself worthy of such an opportunity, an array of basketball hopefuls will now have the chance to prove they, too, are deserving of a different opportunity.
Coach Cross will be on hand this coming Saturday (September 30th), when his new team hosts open tryouts at Baruch College in the heart of New York City.
His immediate attendance shows he's certainly ready to hit the ground running.
In a report published on Erie's official website, the coach was quoted as counting Knickerbocker legend and BayHawks General Manager Allan Houston as a friend. What's more, Cross asserted he's dedicated to closing the gap between the Knicks and BayHawks, embracing the NBA squad's culture.
As NBA teams build stronger foundations and relationships with their D-League affiliates, there is no reason why the Knicks can't use the BayHawks and the D-League on a more intimate to develop their own talent, as well as scout potential others. In addition to being able to send players to Erie during the season, New York is also allowed to "protect" up to three players they cut in training camp for the BayHawks to sign.
With this already potentially in mind, the Knicks are bringing six players with non-guaranteed contracts into camp with them next week.