Posted by Royce Young
The 2013 host for the All-Star Game will be Houston, according to reports. Not necessarily the most glitzy locale, especially considering the Dallas (with 100,000 spectators in attendance), Los Angeles and Orlando this year (in a brand new building), just recently hosted before it.
So in 2014, the NBA might be trying to bring back a little more of the lights to the game. (No disrespect to Houston of course. Just stating the obvious that it's not L.A. or a football stadium.) And as the New York Post mentions, a top candidate will be the newly renovated Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks have reportedly applied to host and with the three-year renovation set to be entirely complete then, it makes all the sense in the world. (Also mentioned as a candidate -- the Nets' new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.)
The World Most Famous Arena has hosted the game four time -- second most to the Boston Garden(s) -- and last hosted in 1998. Before that, it was 30 years since the arena had hosted in 1968. So with it being 16 years between, MSG is due. Especially with it being all re-done with new seats, features, paint, video boards and whatever else.
Now again, the Nets' new Brooklyn arena makes a ton of sense as well. I would definitely say the selection is going to be between those two. No one else has a new arena on the horizon to look at and there's really not any brighter light situation than New York. Maybe a dark horse could be the United Center in Chicago as that city hasn't hosted since 1988.
Maybe a better question will be what the rosters will look like. Imagine the top players in 2014. Kobe Bryant will likely be moving on, Tim Duncan will likely be retired, Dirk as well and who knows what stars will have risen to the top. New faces, new superstars, a new MSG -- sounds like a plan to me.