Nets To Share All-Star Hosting Duties with Knicks
Added by Stephen Trumpy on September 25, 2013.
The Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks have arguably the most hated rivalry in the NBA. However, in 2015 the two teams will have to become friends when they will co-host the NBA’s biggest and brightest stars for All-Star weekend.
This was first reported on Tuesday afternoon by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst (https://twitter.com/WindhorstESPN) that there will be a press conference in New York City where the league will announce the split on Wednesday.
This subject was brought up by the new commissioner, Adam Silver, back in August when he spoke to New York Posts Tim Bontemps (http://nypost.com/2013/08/10/2015-nba-all-stars-eye-nyc/). Silver stated; “There is a 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.”
There is still a decision to be made regarding which arena will host the actual game and which will host All-Star Saturday night (dunk contest, three point contest, and skills challenge). Ultimately, the Knicks won out for the actual All-Star game. An NBA source told Fred Kerber of the New York Post (http://nypost.com/2013/09/24/msgbarclays-plan-for-15-all-star-game-coming-this-week/) that MSG will be the host for the All-Star Game, and the Barclay Center will be getting Saturday night’s festivities. Kerber also reports that the NBA could bring All-Star weekend back to New York in either 2017 or 2018 with the teams reversing the hosting gig.
The last time New York City hosted the All-Star game was in 1998. It first hosted the All-Star game in 1954 and is tied with Boston and Philadelphia for the most all time with four.
The Barclays Center first opened last season and has hosted many events within the year. The MTV Video Music awards this past August was there along with Jay Z opening the venue with 8 consecutive sold out shows.
This is going to be an amazing weekend for the city and for both venues.
Update: Deron Williams should be ready to go for the start of training camp next week. He is still awaiting the result of the MRI before being cleared but he is confident that he will be ready to go. According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York, Williams said, at his Dodgeball charity event in Manhattan last week, “My ankle’s good. It’s good. As long as I’m ready for the start of the regular season (Oct. 30 in Cleveland), that’s all that matters, but I’ll be ready for the start of camp.”