NEW YORK — New York's cross-river basketball rivals will bury their differences to jointly host the 2015 All-Star Weekend.
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will each play host to the NBA's annual celebration of its most accomplished stars Feb. 13-15, 2015, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, confirming earlier reports by ESPN and Newsday.
The All-Star Game will be played at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Feb. 15. Other events, including the Slam Dunk Contest, 3-Point Shootout and Celebrity Game, will be held Feb. 13 and 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Festivities and volunteer outreach will be held in all five boroughs as well, Stern said.
"We're very, very excited for the city of New York," the commissioner said, noting that more NBA players hail from New York than any other city in the country. "It's going to be some weekend."
The commissioner was joined at the press conference by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as the heads of Madison Square Garden, the Barclays Center, the Knicks and the Nets.
"New York fans are the best, our spotlights are the brightest," Bloomberg said. "Really great news for hoops fans."
The Knicks last hosted the All-Star Game in 1998. The Nets, then in New Jersey, hosted the game at the Continental Airlines Arena in 1982.