HoopsHype All Star Game rumors

September 26, 2013 Updates

Having the NBA’s All-Star Weekend in Toronto in February 2016 should be an economic bonanza for Toronto. As first revealed in the Toronto Sun, the NBA is poised to award its 2016 all-star festivities to Toronto. Recent NBA all-star weekends in Phoenix, Orlando and Houston pumped up to $100 million into local economies and attracted as many as 50,000 visitors, with the NBA reserving more than 5,000 hotel rooms. The need for a U.S. citizens to produce a passport at border crossings may decrease the number of fans who come to Toronto. Toronto Sun

Here was the official announcement that the Knicks and Nets will co-host the NBA’s All-Star weekend in a mere 17 months, and Mikhail Prokhorov was not to be found in the second-floor TV studio on Washington St., where the two warring factions announced a truce to their hostilities. Where was Big Mike, Jim Dolan’s chief tormenter, anyway? Nobody was saying, but the absence of the Nets’ free-spending billionaire kind of made the entire program a little wanting. As much as everyone involved made it a point to say that the two rivals are putting their differences aside to make the 2015 All-Star weekend a smashing success, and we’ll take them at their word on that, it still would have been a little more believable had Prokhorov been present to have his picture taken with Dolan, “that little man.” New York Daily News

Knicks owner James Dolan finally took a question about his Knicks, but wouldn’t say if they are better than the Nets, instead lauding the budding rivalry. Dolan said it should push the teams to “greater heights.’’ Dolan, sporting a beard, appeared on the dais Wednesday at the NBA’s announcement All-Star Weekend will be shared in 2015 by the Knicks and Nets, with the Garden getting the main event. New York Post

September 25, 2013 Updates

New York City has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2015, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced today. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman, The Madison Square Garden Company; Hank J. Ratner, President and CEO, The Madison Square Garden Company; Irina Pavlova, President, ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment Holding USA, Inc.; and Bruce C. Ratner, majority owner and developer of Barclays Center and Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, joined Commissioner Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver for the announcement at the NBA Partner Forum held at Industria Superstudio in New York City. NBA.com

As part of NBA All-Star 2015, the NBA and its partners will host a variety of community, grassroots and fan events throughout the city’s five boroughs (The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island). This will mark the fifth time that NBA All-Star will take place in New York, having been held previously at Madison Square Garden in 1954, 1955, 1968 and 1998. “New York offers an extraordinary opportunity to host NBA All-Star events at two world-class venues,” said Stern. “We look forward to celebrating our game with basketball fans across the entire city, in all five boroughs.” NBA.com

September 12, 2013 Updates
August 23, 2013 Updates

The NBA could award the All-Star Game in 2015 to the Garden and have its All-Star weekend events leading up to the game held in Brooklyn, but there won’t be a decision on the specifics for another few weeks, according to well-placed league sources. The Garden and Barclays Center continue to be in discussions with the league, with each entity looking to host the weekend’s main event — the 64th All-Star Game. “It hasn't been finalized,” one source said Thursday night. New York Daily News

February 17, 2013 Updates

Update: The Tallahassee Democrat's Corey Clark notes that since there were 36 missed dunks and only 15 successful ones the competitors managed to shoot less than 30 percent from the field in a slam dunk contest. Deadspin.com

Usually Stern sits at the center of the table during his annual news conference during the All-Star weekend, but Silver was seated in that spot this time around with Stern on the right of him. "Well, this is my 37th All-Star,’’ Stern said. "The first was 1976 in Philadelphia. And I would have say to my favorite memory actually compounded and growing to the present day is awarding Magic Johnson the MVP trophy in Orlando (in 1992). Giving sweaty Magic Johnson a big hug right after he hit the last three and still being able to hug him because he’s alive every time I see him. That is at the top of the list and it will not be easily dislodged. Even though I do enjoy every All-Star, that one will resonate for the rest of my life.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

The NBA's next commissioner, Adam Silver, told CSNNW.com that there is mutual interest from the league and the Portland Trail Blazers to see about bringing All-Star Weekend to the city of Portland. “They (Trail Blazers) have shown interest and we have interest,” Silver said. “It's an ongoing process. Portland is a great city. We like the idea, but it's something we have to investigate further.” CSNNW.com reached out to Trail Blazers President Chris McGowan and he acknowledged that there is a desire to bring the showcase to Portland and he added, “It would be great for the city to host the event.” CSNNW.com

When Silver was asked if one of those two boroughs is likely to hold the festivities in two years, he said, "Yes." But he said there's no time frame when it will be decided or announced. Silver will be the NBA's commissioner by that time. This was outgoing commissioner David Stern's last All-Star Game; he has announced he will retire Feb. 1, 2014. "This is terrific," Stern said. "There are two applications, one from Brooklyn and one from the Garden, and I really think that commissioner Silver is going to have a great time with those applications. I've asked him to send me a postcard to tell me how it goes." Newsday

February 16, 2013 Updates

After the Super Bowl was delayed by a 34-minute power outage earlier this month at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the NBA took extra steps to make sure nothing like it occurs during its All-Star Saturday events or Sunday night’s All-Star Game at the Toyota Center. But in case something unforeseen occurs, the NBA and the Toyota Center have put in a number of contingency plans, NBA officials confirmed earlier this week. ``We are prepared with contingency plans for a myriad of potential scenarios,’’ NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. ``In the very unlikely event there is a power outage at the Toyota Center, there is a back-up system that restores power immediately.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

Jay Cicero, the CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the executive director of the Super Bowl XLVII host committee, said they met with NBA officials and they didn’t express a high degree of concern about the possibility of another power outage occurring. But it’s likely the NBA will have contingency plans similar to what they put forth at the Toyota Center this weekend. ``They’ve done enough events and understand that sometimes stuff happens,’’ Cicero said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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