In a conversation with RidiculousUpside.com earlier this week, Los Angeles D-Fenders' head coach Bob MacKinnon alluded to the fact that sharing a practice facility with the NBA affiliated Lakers was a huge advantage.
For the next few days, the Erie BayHawks will have an opportunity to experience that type of advantage for themselves. The minor league squad will practice at the Knicks' training facility while spending a few days in New York City leading up to their matchup with the Springfield Armor on Friday.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BayHawks&src=hash">#BayHawks</a> will spend the next few days in NYC. They'll practice at the <a href="https://twitter.com/nyknicks">@nyknicks</a> training facility before heading to Springfield on Fri.</p>— Erie BayHawks (@ErieBayHawks) <a href="https://twitter.com/ErieBayHawks/statuses/428264161072926720">January 28, 2014</a></blockquote>
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At one point during the season last year, Erie did something similar by hitting the hardwood of the Westchester practice floor. Such a visit allowed the Knicks to assign Amar'e Stoudemire (as well as James White and Chris Copeland) to the D-League squad, if only for a small period of time, to have the trio workout and go through scrimmages with the BayHawks.
New York is dealing with a plethora of injuries at the moment, and has two important matchups with the likes of the Cavaliers and Heat coming up later in the week. It would appear unlikely that any active members of the team (even young guns like Jeremy Tyler and/or Toure Murry) will be given instructions to practice with Erie in between everything else currently going on.
The fact of the matter is the Knicks may not have the bodies to spare at this point.
But ironically enough, Stoudemire is once again inching his way back from yet another injury. Expected to start practicing this week following an approximate two-week absence, could an assignment to hit the hardwood with Erie's players be in the cards for STAT yet again? It'll be interesting to see how his rehab unfolds this week with the BayHawks in town.