All-Star Game presser points to differences between Nets and Knicks

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Howard Beck probably said it best, or we should say tweeted it best. Wednesday when he described the scene at the NBA press conference announcing the 2015 All-Star Game will be coming to New York.

With the story long out there --the Nets and Knicks will share the 2015 All-Star Game-- there was a lot of atmospherics and some news, mainly about how the two owners present a different image.

The two sides agreed to put aside for at least a few hours their rivalry, but James Dolan did confirm that he and Mikhail Prokhorov met for lunch last season.  When asked what he got out of the meeting, Dolan quipped "free lunch."   Irina Pavlova, who along with Bruce Ratner, represented the Nets, also confirmed the meeting saying that Mikhail Prokhorov, not NBA Commissioner David Stern, had set up the meeting, which was set up to smooth over differences between the two billionaires.

The day was historic in another aspect. It was the first time since 2007 that Dolan took questions from reporters. He had some issues.

The only other news was that Adam Silver seemed to suggest that Jason Kidd will likely face a suspension for his DUI plea. Jason Kidd's possible suspension but said they had a standard (two games) for DUIs.

Bruce Ratner also admitted something everyone knew, that this team is Prokhorov's.

The bottom line though belonged to Pavlova, who spoke with Alyonka Larionov at the end of the press conference.

...And confessed she's a big fan of the crosstown put-downs...

  • NBA All-Star Weekend Coming To MSG, Barclays Center In 2015 - AP
  • Knicks, Nets to give rivalry a rest during All-Star Weekend - Al Iannazzone - Newsday
  • New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets to co-host 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend - Ian Begley - ESPN New York
  • Stern brokers Dolan, Prokhorov meeting - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
  • New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets rivalry runs deeper than the players - Ohm Youngmisuk - ESPN New York
  • Silver: 'Precedent is pretty clear' on DUIs - Ohm Youngmisuk - ESPN New York
  • Mayor Announces NYC to Host NBA All-Star 2015 (Video) - NBA TV
  • Silver: ‘Precedent is pretty clear’ on Kidd DUI suspension - Adam Zagoria - SNY Nets
  • Mikhail Prokhorov's no-show from All-Star announcement a bad sign for Knicks, Nets truce - Mitch Lawrence - New York Daily News
  • Knicks, Nets agree to play nice for the sake of the NBA All-Star Game - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
  • Adam Silver lays out obstacles to HGH testing in the NBA - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
  • Dolan answers first question from Knicks beat in 6 years - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
  • Dolan-Prokhorov meet over ‘free lunch,’ not friction - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
  • Nets, Knicks announce they'll host All-Star Game in occasionally bizarre press conference - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
  • The Nets will have short-sleeved jerseys - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
  • Barclays Center To Co-Host 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend (Video) - BCTV
  • BCTV Catches Up With Irina Pavlova (Video) - Alyonka Larionov - BCTV
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