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NBA commissioner David Stern expects basketball revival in New York; Garden could land All-Star Game

BY Teri Thompson

Friday, April 23rd 2010, 11:26 AM

There's hope for Knick fans, at least according to the NBA commissioner.

In a meeting on Thursday with sports editors from around the country at his Fifth Ave. offices, David Stern said he expects a basketball New York City revival for success-starved pro hoops fans.

They may even get an All-Star Game, if Madison Square Garden renovations go as planned, Stern said.

"The Garden has expressed its desire to host a game," he said, pointing to plans to renovate the Garden in time for the 2011-2012 season. Stern said that Orlando, which plans to open its new arena in two years, has already sent in its All-Star application and indicated that the Garden will probably do the same.

Stern also said he believes the Knicks are headed in a good direction, pointing to the team's revamped front office as proof that the team is on the upswing."Actually, the Knicks have done an exceedingly good job the last two years," he said, referring to general manager Donnie Walsh's cap-space maneuvers and the hiring of Mike D'Antoni as coach. "MSG is a very important venue."

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