NBA Reportedly Will Split '15 All-Star Game Between MSG, Barclays Center
The '15 NBA All-Star Game "will be played at Madison Square Garden on Sunday of All-Star weekend with the Friday and Saturday night events -- the skills, shooting and dunk competitions -- set for Barclays Center," according to sources cited by Fred Kerber of the N.Y. POST. The league, the Nets and the Knicks "still are negotiating on a proposal to have a reversal" in either '17 or '18, in which Barclays Center "would stage the game while the Knicks and the Garden would serve as host for the Friday and Saturday events." Sources said that the Nets "are not completely sold on the host role down the road for myriad reasons." A source said, "(The Nets) aren’t certain (they want it)." Kerber noted keeping the event in N.Y. "would be financially attractive for the NBA" (N.Y. POST, 8/23). SportsNet N.Y.’s Sal Licata said, "I love the dunk contest, I love the three-point contest, it’s always something I've wanted to go to. To me that’s the more appealing draw. I don’t understand splitting it up. You should give one year to the Garden and their new renovations … and you should have another at the Barclays. Why would you kind of combine the two?" SNY's Frank Isola: "The average fan doesn’t care ... because the average fan can’t afford tickets to either the Saturday night events or the Sunday All-Star game" (“Loudmouths,” SNY, 8/23).