Barclays Center To Host 2015 NBA All-Star Game?

Moke Hamilton, SNYNets.com

HOUSTON — Commissioner David Stern makes an annual address to the NBA media each year at All-Star Weekend. This year was no exception.

After fielding numerous questions about the Sacramento Kings potential move to Seattle, deputy commissioner Adam Silver made some very interesting comments regarding the All-Star Weekend’s return to New York City.

As it stands, Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center each have made bids to host the game, and Silver responded with a “Yes” when asked whether or not it was “likely” that All-Star Weekend would be hosted in New York City in 2015.

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The last time All-Star Weekend was in New York was in 1998. Since then, the NBA has shown an inclination to host All-Star Weekend in warm weather cities. It’s been in Los Angeles twice, (2004, 2011) Houston twice (2006, 2013), Orlando and New Orleans, amongst other warm weather cities.

But New York being awarded the game wouldn’t be a total shocker. Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Denver hosted the weekend in 2001, 2002 and 2005, respectively.

New York City also happens to be the media capital of the world and is the location of the NBA’s home office.

After making his first All-Star team and earning the distinction of being the first member of the Brooklyn Nets to do so, Brook Lopez will hope to make his second appearance in front of his hometown fans, and he’ll hope to have one of his teammates with him.