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February 21, 2012

When did the Barclays Center lose out on the 2013 NBA All-Star game? Maybe back in April 2011. Why 2014 may be in question, too.

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After the Barclays Center began construction in 2010, with an expected opening for basketball in October 2012, there was some speculation that the new Brooklyn arena could host the NBA All-Star game and the surrounding weekend festivities in February 2013.

Take, for example, a 2/22/11 piece headlined Will Brooklyn, Nets Be Ready To Host The NBA All-Star Game? by Barry Janoff on NYSportsJournalism.com:

Even without Carmelo Anthony, there is an all-star coming to the NBA's Nets in the near future — either the 2013 or 2014 NBA All-Star Game.

But two key questions may not be answered for several months: Will the Nets' new venue, Barclays Center in Brooklyn be completed as scheduled in 2012? And will the arrival of Anthony with the New York Knicks tip the All-Star Game scales in favor of Madison Square Garden?

Well, the arena likely will be completed--just barely--in time for the scheduled 9/28/12 opening, with a Jay-Z concert.

But delays along the way likely were enough to take 2013 out of the running. And they might even affect 2014.
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Just last week, the NBA unveiled Houston as the host city for the 2013 All-Start Game, leading Janoff to write that "[t]here is strong speculation that the 2014 All-Star Game could be played in Brooklyn, NY." It also could be held in a renovated Madison Square Garden.

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Posted by eric at February 21, 2012 11:17 AM