The National Basketball Association’s 2015 All-Star game will likely be in New York City, deputy commissioner Adam Silver said.
What he couldn’t say was whether the league’s midseason showcase would be held in the home of the New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets.
Both teams have submitted applications to host the game, Commissioner David Stern said yesterday during an All-Star press conference in Houston. Stern, 70, is stepping down next February and has named Silver to be his successor as the NBA’s top executive.
“I think that Commissioner Silver is going to have a great time with those applications,” Stern said yesterday. “And I asked him to send me a postcard to tell me how they go.”
New York City last hosted the All-Star game at the Knicks’ Madison Square Garden in 1998, when Michael Jordan won his third and final All-Star game Most Valuable Player award. Next year’s contest will be in New Orleans.
Silver said the league had discussed hosting future All-Star games overseas.
“I’m not sure if it will work logistically, but it’s something we’ll continue to study,” Silver said.
Midtown Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden is in the middle of a $1 billion privately funded renovation. The Nets moved into the $1 billion Barclays Center prior to the start of the season.
Stern said his favorite All-Star memory came in 1992, handing the game’s MVP trophy to Magic Johnson, who three months earlier had announced he was diagnosed with HIV. Despite retiring from basketball after the announcement, Johnson was voted into the All-Star game and made a three-point shot in the contest’s final moments.
“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 that I see him,” Stern said. “That is at the top of the list and it will not easily be dislodged.”
-- With assistance from Scott Soshnick in Houston. Editors: Nancy Kercheval, Mike Sillup.