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Knicks pick Skidmore for training

The New York Knicks are coming to Saratoga Springs. For one week, that is.

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The New York Knicks are coming to Saratoga Springs.

For one week, that is.

Skidmore College athletic director Gail Cummings-Danson confirmed Friday that the New York Knicks have signed a two-year deal to hold their training camp at Skidmore.

“We’re all set,” said Cummings-Danson. “It’s going to be terrific. The Knicks are excited about this, and so are we. I think it’s going to be a great relationship for both sides.”

The camp is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 29 to Oct. 4. The Knicks open their 63rd National Basketball Association season Oct. 29 at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks had held their training camp in Charleston, S.C., for the last 17 years, but reports surfaced in July that the club was interested in moving its camp closer to home. Knicks officials visited the Skidmore campus on several occasions, and the school already made prelim­inary plans to adjust its schedule so that there wouldn’t be any disruptions to classes.

“From what I understand, the two-a-day practices will be closed to the public,” Cummings-Danson said. “Usually, however, they open practice up for the last 15 minutes for media, but that’s something for the club officials to decide.”

Cummings-Danson said that the two-year deal has options for either side to back out after one year.

“If they aren’t happy or we’re not happy, the deal can be terminated, but I don’t see any reason why that would happen,” she said.

“This should be great for the college and the surrounding area. It should give us some good publicity.”

The Knicks were looking at several locations for their new camp site, including Lake Placid and Siena College.

First-year coach Mike D’Antoni has a lot of rebuilding to do with the Knicks, who have had seven consecutive losing seasons, including a 23-59 record a year ago. The team’s top holdovers include center Ed Curry, disgruntled point guard Stephon Marbury — who could be traded soon — shooting guards Jamal Crawford and Quentin Richardson and forward Zach Randolph. Danilo Gallinari, a 6-foot-10 forward, is the team’s top draft pick, and guard Chris Duhon was picked up from the Chicago Bulls in an off-season move.

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