HoopsHype All Star Game rumors

December 17, 2013 Updates
December 15, 2013 Updates

Miami's Dwyane Wade would be happy to have Kyrie Irving as his running mate in the All-Star backcourt if it comes to that. The two were the top backcourt vote-getters in the Eastern Conference in the first returns of All-Star voting that came out last week. "Him and [Washington's] John Wall in the East as point guards are having great years,'' Wade said of Irving before last night's game against the Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I know he made his first All-Star appearance last year and we know he's going to be an All-Star for many years to come after seeing what he did the last couple years. "So, it would be an honor.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 4, 2013 Updates
September 30, 2013 Updates

The NBA has interest in keeping Orlando on a "short rotation" of cities who will host the league's annual All-Star Game, according to Magic CEO Alex Martins. Martins also said the Magic and the city of Orlando will apply to host the 2017 game. Orlando applied to host the 2016 Game, but it was awarded to the city of Toronto. Orlando played host to the 2012 All-Star Game at Amway Center. Dwight Howard represented the Magic as the game's leading vote-getter with about 1.6 million votes. Orlando Sentinel

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

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