This isn’t exactly news as we’ve known this was going to happen for a little while now, but the NBA made it official today. The 2015 All-Star Game will be shared between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks with the Barclays Center hosting the All-Star Weekend activities and Madison Square Garden hosting the actual All-Star game itself.
“This will be a unique event in NBA history, to have two teams co-hosting and sharing an All-Star Weekend,” said NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said at a press conference. “Although there are three days of events in the arenas we expect a week long celebration of basketball in the New York area involving all five boroughs.”
This is a little silly and I’m not sure why it has to go down like this. Rumors are that the 2017 All-Star Game is going to be similar but in reverse fashion with the Barclays Center hosting the actual game and MSG hosting the rest of the weekend. If that’s true then it seems like both teams are just being impatient and the NBA couldn’t be grown up enough to pick a team. To me, it seems so much better to give the Nets their due for the entire weekend and then two years later the Knicks, or visa versa. Instead it’s just going to be watered down garbage.
The All-Star Game, and especially the dunk contest, are kind of a joke anyway.