NBA official: New York likely to get 2015 All-Star Game

Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference after NBA labor negotiations at Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. (Oct. 20, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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HOUSTON -- NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday night that New York is likely to host the 2015 All-Star Game. Whether it's Manhattan or Brooklyn still has to be determined.

The Knicks and Nets have put in bids for the 2015 game, along with several other teams. But the Knicks and Nets are favorites because of their arena situations.

The Garden is in Year 2 of a three-year renovation. The Nets are in the first year in the brand- new Barclays Center.

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.

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"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."

The Knicks last hosted the All-Star Game in 1998, when Michael Jordan scored 23 points and won his third All-Star MVP trophy.

New York first hosted NBA All-Star Games in 1954 and 1955 at old Madison Square Garden on Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, and again in 1968.

The only All-Star Game hosted by the Nets was in 1982, at Continental Airlines Arena.

Next year's All-Star Game is in New Orleans.

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