Monday, February 18th, 2013 at 10:45 am  |  21 responses

New York Likely to Host 2015 NBA All-Star Game; Toronto Wants 2016

So far, the NBA is only considering two New York locations for the 2015 All-Star Weekend, making it a virtual lock that either the Knicks or Nets will host the festivities. As for 2016, Toronto has thrown its hat in the ring. Per the NY Times and Toronto Sun: “Both Madison Square Garden and the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn have applied to host the 2015 game, Commissioner David Stern said Saturday. No other cities are currently under consideration, making it a near certainty that New York will host the game. It also ensures that the revived Knicks-Nets rivalry will take on a new dimension as the franchises compete for one of the N.B.A.’s biggest honors. ‘This is terrific,’ Stern said, referring to the dueling New York applications.’ [...] Toronto likely will face competition in the form of the Cavaliers. The franchise has interest in getting the game back for the first time since 1997, either in 2016 or 2017. Silver said he was in Cleveland last week and said ‘we would love to return to Cleveland.’ The 1997 game featured a presentation where 49 of the NBA’s top 50 players were celebrated. Under previous ownership, MLSE had interest in hosting the all-star weekend, but it was believed the Air Canada Centre and the city did not have enough space to host such a large event. MLSE COO Tom Anselmi said those concerns no longer apply. ‘(The) ACC is fully qualified, the Raptors are ready, the city is ready, it will be great,’ he said.”

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  • Lloyd

    NBA all star weekend in Toronto would be bananas, no question about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    When was the last one in Chicago? I wouldn’t mind another….

  • Mohamed

    Bring it to tdot!!!!!!!!!

  • spit hot fiyah

    i have no connection to Toronto, but an all star game there would be dope

  • TBRK

    I’ve got a slight connection to Toronto (aunts and cousins on my mom’s side)…and I figure All Star would be dope as well…more fans less celebs.

  • TBRK

    last truly memorable ASG was in DC for me….would be nice to see the Cap host another one

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    So how do these games get decided where to be hosted at? do teams bid? whats the process?

  • Redd

    1998 was the last time, yeah I think Chicago deserves it’s due, at this point we deserve 2 in a 5 year span.

  • Happy

    I agree. Toronto is one of my favorite cities in the world.

  • Seth

    Can we bring it to Boston please? It hasn’t been here since the 60s for crying out loud.

  • robb

    Great fans over there, it’s gonna be awesome. Never let Houston host another one please.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I think Indiananpolis would be a great place to have one. They got tons of kudos for the job they did with the superbowl.

  • RKJ92

    YUP I’d love to be downtown that night omgg, that ish would be CRAAAAZYYYY, you already hear us honking our horns and screaming down the streets just for winning a regular game LOL imagine an NBA all-star weekend… oh my lawd… lolllll…

  • VanCityBBall

    i would love love love for the all star game to be in Toronto, especially since players such as Rudy Gay and maybe DeRozan will hopefully be in the AS talk… but can u imagine if it is in clevland and LBJ just snaps?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mario.brice Mario Brice

    When will Memphis host an all star weekend we been ready grizzlies fans stand up..

  • Madubbs

    Canada seems like the ideal place to market.

  • Bravo

    All Star weekend in Toronto is a must! It would be historic for our country.

  • buschfire

    T Dot for 2016 start the trend on twitter #TDotAllStar2016

  • Comment_System

    its been wicked long

  • chris

    nyc greatest city in the world!