The 2015 NBA All-Star Game this past Sunday was merely the showcase for an incredible fan experience in and around Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden. There were some issues with the festivities, but for the most part everything went off without a hitch. Here are our 10 favorite moments, gear, and things to to do off the court during the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend.
The league’s decision to make both Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center All-Star Weekend hosting venues was a great one. Visiting fans and reporters not only got a chance to take in everything that makes Manhattan one of the world’s greatest cities, but also gain a better understanding of why Brooklyn is an ever-growing hub of activity.
Buses for media to and from playing venues were frequent, and the subways were largely clear, even right before events, when in years’ past there was a crush that could stagnate transport. Even with Fashion Week in town at the same time, fans and media got to experience a well-rounded experience of the entire city, which was a lot more dynamic than if it had been housed exclusively in a single borough.
NYC’s already primed public transport worked seamlessly with so many people, so it just felt like another day in the City even though it was anything but.
We wrote about the 2015 NBA All-Star uniforms already when adidas unveiled them, but they were so well put together they had to make our list. Yes, the players wore them on the court, but it’s not directly about the basketball we witnessed over the last three days. Aesthetically, it falls in line with the simple, basketball for basketball’s sake ethos adidas did a great job highlighting for this year’s event.