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New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets to Share 2015 NBA All-Star Game

August 14th, 2013 at 1:21 PM
By Matt Agne

It's all but set, as The 2015 NBA All-Star game is just about a lock to be held in New York. However, which of the two New York City teams will host it? It's beginning to look like the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will share hosting duties for the All-Star events.

'Madison Square Garden, February 2013' photo (c) 2013, Rich Mitchell - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

This would mark the first time the All-Star event would take place in the metropolitan area since it was played at Madison Square Garden in 1998. It would give James Dolan a chance to show off his refurbished Garden. However, there's little doubt that Mikhail Prokhorov would also love the chance to flaunt the Nets' new Barclays Center.

Clearly something has to be worked out but Tim Bontemps of the New York Post reports Adam Silver believes the two franchises will be able to work it out so one team will host the three-point and dunk contests on Saturday night and the other will host the All-Star game Sunday night. 

“There is progress in that the teams are working together … recognizing that it’s in both of their interests to create a basketball festival-type atmosphere around All-Star in New York, and so things are going well,” NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said this week.

 

Beyond those decisions the NBA will also have to figure out where to hold its Jam Session. With the Javits Center already booked they'll have to scramble to find a suitable venue.

“We’ll work around it because we want to find a way for the most people possible to touch our All-Star Weekend, recognizing there is a capped limit on the number of people who can be in the arena,” Silver said. “We’re looking to work our way to build other events and to find a different way, a unique way to build Jam Session in New York.”

The rivalry between the Knicks and Nets is a problem. No matter how much the NBA would like to downplay it, it exists. That being said, both the fans and the team management have been in an all out stand off since the Nets moved to Brooklyn.

That being said, both Prokhorov and Dolan understand that they are both owners in the NBA. This is about business not an inner-city rivalry. League partners know they have to put their differences aside for financial gain.

'Barclays Centre Action 28th Sept 2012' photo (c) 2012, The Eyes Of New York - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

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Tags: Barclays Center, Basketball, Brooklyn Nets, James Dolan, Madison Square Garden, Mikhail Prokhorov, NBA, New York, New York Knicks

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