Team president Phil Jackson has effectively revitalized the New York Knicks. Between his selection of Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft and his work during the 2016 offseason, Jackson has made New York a factor again.
The NBA could grant New York an extra level of exposure in 2016-17.
Adam Silver and the NBA shocked the world when they pulled the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina. The decision was made in response to North Carolina passing a law that ostracized the LGBT community.
According to Scott Kushner of The New Orleans Advocate, New York joins New Orleans, Chicago, and Los Angeles as the finalists to land the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.
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That’d be a huge get for the city of New York.
New York hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 2015, but 2014-15 wasn’t exactly a glorious season in The City of Dreams. The Knicks lost a franchise record 65 games, and Carmelo Anthony missed 42 outings due to injury.
Though Anthony did represent New York at the 2015 All-Star Game, the Knicks’ poor season left a sour taste in the mouths fans across the city.
In 2016-17, the Knicks will have a chance to send multiple players to All-Star Weekend. Anthony is a nine-time All-Star who’s generally viewed as a lock to make it, but he isn’t the only player on the roster who’s worth considering.
Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose have been All-Stars on multiple occasions, and Kristaps Porzingis is a few tweaks away from earning his first appearance.
Though nothing is guaranteed in the NBA, the Knicks could be well represented if the All-Star Game comes back to New York in 2017.