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Knicks, Nets still figuring out details of co-hosting 2015 All-Star Game

Aug 10, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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David Stern all but officially said last All-Star Game that the city of New York would host the 2015 All-Star Game — the Knicks and Nets were the only teams that had applied to host.

The challenge was getting them to share. The franchises in Brooklyn and Manhattan don’t exactly get along.

That’s still an issue, although commissioner-in-waiting Adam Silver tried to put a positive spin on it talking with the New York Post.

“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.

The key stumbling block will be which state-of-the-art arena — the Nets’ new Barclays Center or the Knicks’ refurbished Madison Square Garden — will host the game.”

The Barclay’s Center is brand new and has gotten good reviews, but historic Madison Square Garden has just undergone a nearly $1 billion renovation. One venue will host the Friday and Saturday lead-up events (dunk and three point contests, rookie/sophomore game and so on) and the other will host the All-Star Game itself on Sunday.

The bigger issue may be the Jam Session fan festival, which traditionally his held in a convention space near the arena.

Silver said the NBA still has to figure out where to hold its Jam Session. The venue best suited for it, the Javits Center, is already booked.

“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.”

It’s going to be fun to have the All-Star Game back in the basketball hotbed of New York City… if they can just work out the details like where to hold the game.

I say we just move the game to The Cage.

  1. adoombray - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Manufactured rivalry to sell tickets. New Yorkers don’t give a crap about anything and will tell you with 4 letter words. to the rest of us, it’s just two stadiums in a city full of jerks who glorify being jerks by calling it “THE TOUGH NEW YORKER WAY”.

    Everyone outside of New York hates New York except for the press because the press is largely from the East Coast.

    • stoudemelo - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      You’re an idiot

      • longtallsam - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        I don’t know if he is an idiot or not…he didn’t say anything idiotic. I am sure not “everyone” outside NYC hates NYC, but many do. I do know that most upstate New Yorkers don’t even consider NYC as being part of NY state. It may as well be a whole other country, as far as they are concerned!

    • itsthemelman82 - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Hey adoombray, jealousy ain’t pretty buddy!

      As for the ASG, give Barclay the Saturday night festivities and the main course should be played at MSG… simple solution! contrary to what Brooklynites believe, Manhattan is still the heart of the city

    • redbaronx - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      @adoombray – You’re a complete moron! Let me guess. You come from a place where it is acceptable to boink your sister/brother or cousin because obviously you have a lot of pent up frustration that only a prostitute would be willing to touch.

  2. juradura - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Easy, just play the first half at Barclays and the second half at MSG.

  3. money2long - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    so the team that gets the all star game, gives the lead up events to the other team, huh.

    i bet if lebron were in the dunk contest, i think the team with the lead up events will be just fine !

    • stoudemelo - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Except Lebron will never do the dunk contest because he’s afraid to lose

      • money2long - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        okay sir, it was hypothetical. seeing as how we just need to be more hopeful, what about a dunk contest featuring :

        blake griffin
        derrick rose
        josh smith
        paul george
        dwight howard
        russell westbrook

        star studded

  4. 13arod - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    This is stupid

  5. onlyavoice - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    WOW, Only 2 Teams Applied.
    Is The Basketball Economy Worse That We Thought.

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