The Brooklyn Nets have only been around for one short season, but they’re already trying to stake their claim as New York’s team. It’s of course a designation that belongs to the storied New York Knicks, but you have to give the Nets credit for setting their goals high. The back-and-forth between the two teams has lead to commissioner David Stern telling them to play nice, but we all know that’s not going to happen. However, at least for one weekend in 2015, they’re going to have to do just that.
The NBA announced on Wednesday that the Knicks and Nets will co-host the 2015 All-Star game. The actual ASG will be played at Madison Square Garden, while the skills competitions (dunk contest, 3-pt shootout, etc.) will be held at the Barclays Center.
“New York offers an extraordinary opportunity to host NBA All-Star events at two world-class venues. We look forward to celebrating our game with basketball fans across the entire city, in all five boroughs,” said commissioner Stern.
As much as I want to see these two teams hate each others guts for years to come, it’s ultimately a good thing for the league to have them co-host All-Star weekend in 2015. The split events will expose some fans to two different arenas and give them a more well-rounded NBA experience. It’s the best of both worlds. Fans can take in the brand new Barclays center on Saturday in Brooklyn, and then they’ll get to experience the legendary venue that is MSG for the main event on Sunday night in Manhattan.
If you’re a true NBA fan, it doesn’t get much better than that for an ASG weekend.