The NBA is planning on having the All-Star Game in New York in 2015, but it hasn’t decided to have it in Brooklyn or Manhattan yet and the teams are currently negotiating to work out a plan, according to Tim Bontemps of the NY Post.
A chance to showcase the new Barclays Center is obviously huge, but the Knicks, who hosted the All-Star Game in 1998, have a newly refurbished arena that the league would certainly like to showcase as well so it’s not an easy decision.
The two teams, which have a rivalry on the court but sound amicable away from it, are currently negotiating an agreement where one arena would host the game itself while the other would host the Saturday night festivities including the 3-point and Slam Dunk contests.
“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 told Bontemps.
One issue, which seems the farthest from being worked out, is where to hold the Jam Session. Ideally it would be held at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side, but it’s already been booked for that week and Brooklyn has no equivalent that could host as many people.
Personally, I don’t see any reason why they can’t give both teams the All-Star Game. Why not host one in Brooklyn in 2015 and the next on in Manhattan in 2017? That way they could show off both arenas. Of course, with 30 teams in the league everybody always wants the All-Star Game in their town, however it’s not everyday one city gets two new arenas.