The New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets are coming together to host the National Basketball Association's showcase mid-season event in 2015, making a reality out of what was perhaps once unthinkable. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern announced Wednesday that the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets will be co-hosting the 2015 All-Star games.
"The 2015 NBA All-Star weekend will be held in New York City," Stern said.
The Knicks and the Nets have a budding rivalry on the court, and it's no secret their owners compete for lots of business off the court.
Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center compete for concerts and all kinds of events.
But however uneasy it felt and looked on stage, the two teams are official co-hosts for the 2015 events.
"Like so many other times when New Yorkers put their differences aside for something bigger, we're looking forward to giving our rivalry a rest for a little bit," said Madison Square Garden Executive Chairman James Dolan.
"As Mr. Dolan said for a little bit, rolling up our sleeves and truly making this a showcase event for a wonderful city," said Irina Pavlova from Onexim Sports & Entertainment.
The Knicks and the Garden will get the highest profile event, the All-Star game itself.
The Nets and Barclays will host events Friday night, along with the 3-point shooting and slam dunk contest on Saturday night.
The NBA is promising this will be an event that reaches all five boroughs.
"The weekend's activities means tens of thousands of visitors to the city and lots of activity for local businesses," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The last time the All-Star game was held in the city was 1998, and all of the events were at Madison Square Garden.
But now with the Nets in town, things are different and Knicks owner James Dolan offered his view on the state of basketball with two teams here.
"As far as how the teams will go, I'm not gonna make any predictions here," Dolan said. "This is about the All-Star game. My hope is that both teams have a lot of players in the All-Star game."
Does Dolan really mean what he says?
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was not present at the announcement.
But when Dolan was asked about what he got out of a recent meeting with Prokhorov, his answer was both simple and revealing.
"Free lunch," Dolan said.
So, while the teams may be co-hosts for a weekend, don't expect that to make them the best of friends.