Knicks, Nets to host 2015 All-Star Weekend
The NBA announced Wednesday that the 2015 All-Star Weekend will be in New York, co-hosted by the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.
NEW YORK -- The NBA announced Wednesday that All-Star Weekend will be in New York in 2015, co-hosted by the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.
The Knicks will host the All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden. The Nets will host the Saturday night events, including the 3-point shootout and the dunk contest, at Barclays Center.
"New York offers an extraordinary opportunity to host NBA All-Star events at two world-class venues," NBA commissioner David Stern said. "We look forward to celebrating our game with basketball fans across the entire city, in all five boroughs."
All-Star Weekend has been co-hosted in the past. In 2010, the Saturday events were held at American Airlines Center in Dallas, and the game was played the next night at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium in nearby Arlington, Texas.
The 2014 All-Star Game is scheduled for New Orleans next February. Since 2004, the All-Star Game has been played in Western Conference cities in all years but 2012, when it was in Orlando, Fla. It hasn't been held in a cold-weather city since 2005, when it was in Denver.
The game has been in New York five times, most recently in 1998. The 2015 rendition will include grassroots events for the fans throughout the city's five boroughs.
It's a bit of a surprise that the Knicks and Nets were able to work together to bring the game to New York.
The teams have had a budding rivalry since the Nets moved to Brooklyn last season. Players have traded barbs in the media in recent months regarding which team is the best in New York.
During Wednesday's news conference, which was attended by Knicks owner James Dolan and members of the Nets' hierarchy, a common theme was putting the teams' differences aside during All-Star Weekend. Dolan, who rarely addresses reporters, said the Knicks and Nets will need to "give our rivalry a rest for a little bit" to serve as co-hosts.
"The All-Star Game [is an opportunity] to take a timeout from the rhetoric to promote basketball," Dolan said.
The front offices of the Knicks and Nets have been embroiled in a bit of a turf war since the Nets announced plans to move to Brooklyn.
In July 2010, the Nets unveiled a 22-story billboard across the street from Madison Square Garden that included a picture of owner Mikhail Prokhorov and then-minority share owner Jay Z with the words "Blueprint for Greatness."
Prokhorov also referred to Dolan as "that little man" in a New York Magazine article. Dolan was reportedly livid after each incident, but he downplayed any animosity between himself and Nets ownership.
"[Rivalries] are nothing but good, they're nothing but fun for the fans and they are great for business," he said.
The planning for the 2015 All-Star Game began about two years ago and included a sit-down between Prokhorov and Dolan that Stern brokered.
Stern downplayed any significance to the meeting.
"Each of them were very receptive to the idea," the commissioner said. "They thought it would be a good idea to get together, that's all."
Deputy commissioner Adam Silver added the league will consider the possibility of the Nets hosting a game in the near future.
"We're not ready to be specific yet but there will be an opportunity for Brooklyn to host the game," the deputy commissioner said.
Information from ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst was used in this report.
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