Westchester Knicks

Until a month ago, if you had asked me about the NBA Development League, I would have swiftly expressed my disinterest and looked to change the subject. In the past, I had always seen the NBDL as an under developed professional league, made even more unattractive by horror stories told by friends who played there in the past. As a professional basketball player, I find the biggest turn off to be the low level of monetary compensation. Most players feel that participation in the European market is more worth their time, generally making considerably more than the top players in the D-League. Others complained of the politics involved on the business end and the poor quality of facilities and travel. After a recent phone call from Allan Houston, Assistant GM of the New York Knicks and GM of the Westchester Knicks, I was forced to re-evaluate my position.

This situation brings to mind one of my favorite quotes: “Until you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will never change.” Of course, when focused on all the things that may or may not be negatives, I failed to see what could be the greatest opportunities. After a closer look, I began to understand (more than I already understood) that every situation will present a unique set of pros and cons, pluses or minuses.

The phone call from Houston led me to White Plains, NY, to work out for the Westchester Knicks, D-League affiliate of the New York Knicks. Before deciding that I wanted to make myself an available free agent for the D-League, I had to take one last look at my pros and cons list. Luckily for me, the experience for which I was deciding to make myself available came with the highly respected New York Knicks organization. Aside from said obvious plus point, there were many other great things that this opportunity could bring. Until working out in New York at the Knicks training facility, I had never fully recognized such opportunities as playing for and learning from coaches that have NBA experience, and playing on a stage directly accessible to NBA general managers and executives. It was then that I realized just how close I could potentially be to the door that could open for a chance at achieving one of my biggest goals: playing in the NBA. The most intriguing benefit that I could think of, however, turned out to be the simplest of all. After college, I began my professional career in Europe, staying there for four consecutive seasons. I had never played in the D-League before, and the thought of taking on a new challenge, and exploring a new opportunity was something that seemed to exciting to pass up.

After the workout, I was invited back to NY, where I am now currently on the training camp roster, working to find my way onto the regular season roster in time for the first game on Nov 16th. Intriguingly, my first year playing in the D-League is also the inaugural season for Westchester Knicks. I look forward to being able to represent the New York Knicks organization and securing a final roster spot with the Westchester Knicks after the conclusion of camp.

Posted by Marcus Ginyard

Marcus Ginyard (born May 8, 1987) is an American professional basketball player from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ginyard has played 4 seasons of professional basketball in Europe since graduating, and is now playing in the USA in the NBA's Development League for the Westchester Knicks.

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  • Annise

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.–Anatole France

    A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.–Colin Powell

  • Matt

    Congrats on the accomplishment. Half way to your dream. Keep pushing to accomplish all you have set out for. Good Luck!

    • MGinyard

      Thank you Matt!

  • Cole Hairston

    I know you’ll kill it there Marcus! Your work ethic and solid, positive mental attitude will take you far! All the best man!

    • MGinyard

      Thanks Cole! I appreciate it!

  • Helmut Hoidn

    Congrats Marcus!
    Hope to see you scoring as fascinating for the Knicks as we saw you scoring in the play offs in Poland 🙂
    All the best from Moscow

  • Get excited Marcus! I’ve said years ago that you would wind up in the NBA.

    Nick Nurse was my one of my Advance Coach Tutors in England before winding up as a winning coach in the D League. Now Nick is a assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors. http://www.nba.com/raptors/video/2014/01/10/dropboxnba8vidprod01NBAWEB140110-3102817

    What you say is what you get. You play great Defense jand team ball ust increase your shots and you will be in the NBA sooner than you think. It was written in the stars! Say hi to Annise.

    Freddie in England

  • David Hamlin

    You are a winner. Dream big.