By Vincent Z. Mercogliano

The Grand Ballroom at the Westchester Marriott was filled with blue and orange balloons Thursday night as the Westchester Knicks were welcomed by The Business Council of Westchester at its annual dinner.

Madison Square Garden President and CEO Tad Smith, former Knicks star and current assistant general manager Allan Houston and Knicks broadcaster Al Trautwig were on hand.

Houston spoke about the luxury of having the Knicks’ new Development League team playing so close to its practice facility in Greenburgh and about creating an environment that helps young players learn “what being a professional is all about.”

“People have made a lot about the triangle offense and the philosophy of our offense, so you want to mirror what (the New York Knicks) are doing,” he said. “You can help a player’s development by providing that.”

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