New York is already considered a mecca of basketball, and it could be adding another NBA All-Star Game to its impressive list of notable events in the city's rich basketball history.
If the deal goes down as reported by Kerber, Brooklyn's Barclays Center will host the Friday and Saturday events—dunk contest, skills competition, etc.—while Madison Square Garden will play host to Sunday's All-Star Game.
The excitement for Big Apple basketball fans doesn't stop there. According to Kerber, there's a chance New York will host another All-Star Game right around the corner, in 2017 or 2018.
The New York Post article breaks it down:
The league and both the Nets and Knicks still are negotiating on a proposal to have a reversal in either 2017 or 2018 -- Brooklyn would stage the game while the Knicks and the Garden would serve as host for the Friday and Saturday events. The Nets, sources said, are not completely sold on the host role down the road for a myriad of reasons.
The report goes on to state that additional problems could surface, as both venues will be hosting hockey teams by that time.
New York hasn't hosted an All-Star Game since 1998 when Michael Jordan took home MVP in the Garden and then-19-year-old Kobe Bryant became the youngest All-Star in the event's history. It was also the only time Bryant and Jordan shared the All-Star stage while MJ was a member of the Bulls.
This double All-Star Game hosting deal would be a major statement to the state of the NBA in New York City. Once suffering throughout a hapless stretch by the Knicks, now two championship contenders inhabit the city.
Brooklyn has already injected a heap of hoops hype into the Big Apple, and the resurgent Knicks are no slouches, either.
Basketball is back in New York, and two All-Star Games in three—or four—years would only validate that.