The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have not just become a hot rivalry on the court, but are competing off of it as well.
The two New York franchises are not only competing for the New York City fan base, but for the right to host the 2015 NBA All-Star Game as well.
NBA commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver announced during their Saturday media availability (via Howard Beck of the New York Times) for All-Star Weekend that the city of New York will host the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.
The Knicks’ home arena, Madison Square Garden, has put in a bid to host the weekend, as has the Nets’ new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and Silver said Saturday that one of the two arenas will get it.
There is no timeline for making the decision, but an announcement usually comes about 12 to 18 months before the game.
New York last hosted the All-Star Game in 1998, at the Garden. Garden officials have been angling to host the game again ever since they began an $800 million renovation of the arena.
The 2014 All-Star game will be hosted by New Orleans. It will be the first All-Star weekend under Silver, who is expected to take over as commissioner after Stern steps down.
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