NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday that it is likely the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend will be held in either the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, or Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks.
Silver and NBA commissioner David Stern both declined to divulge any more details about the event. Silver said there currently is no timetable for when the event will be announced.
New Orleans already has been awarded All-Star 2014.
WESTBROOK WANTS TO STAY WITH ONE TEAM
While expressing his gratitude for making three consecutive All-Star teams, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook suddenly stated his desire to stay with one team, which would keep him in Oklahoma City throughout his career.
“I think it's very important to be able to stay with one team and stay with a great organization like we have and be able to do things like this,” Westbrook said. “It's a blessing.”
TEAM WESTBROOK FINISHES SECOND
Westbrook and his team of Robert Horry and Maya Moore came in second place in the Shooting Stars Challenge on Saturday night.
The event, which fielded four three-person teams competing in a shooting contest from various spots on the floor, was won by Team Bosh, which included Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins and Swin Cash.
NO BIG THREE IN OKC
Westbrook and Kevin Durant have spent all weekend shooting down the notion that the Thunder has a “big three,” with Serge Ibaka serving as the third member of the trio.
“It's the whole team for us,” Durant said. “We're not going to talk about just two or three guys. We know that in order to win the championship, you can't win with just one or two guys, or three guys. It has to be a whole group effort.
Said Westbrook when asked if we can talk about a big three, “We can, but I think each and every one of us, myself, Kevin and Serge, we like to create a team concept around Oklahoma City and try to keep it that way.”
DURANT DONE WITH ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT?
For the first time since joining the festivities at All-Star Weekend, Durant this year did not partake in any of the events leading up to Sunday's game.
And the Thunder's star said he doubts he'll participate in any in the future.
“I just come here to be a fan and enjoy the weekend and have fun playing in the game,” Durant said.
KEEPING SCORE OF THE SCORING RACE
Durant, with a 29.2-point average, leads the league in scoring at the break.
He's 0.6 points ahead of second-placed Carmelo Anthony. But Anthony on Saturday said he's not worried about it.
“I don't think about that,” Anthony said. “At the end of the day, that doesn't really do anything for me so I don't think about that.”
If Durant finishes the season as the scoring leader, he will join Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to win four consecutive scoring titles.
ROSE NOT LIKELY TO PLAY AGAINST THUNDER
Chicago center Joakim Noah said it's not likely Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose will play next Sunday against the Thunder.
“Probably not,” Noah said.
Rose hasn't played all season while recovering from a torn ACL, an injury he sustained in last year's playoffs.
Rose recently said he isn't sure when he will return and added that he could miss the entire season if he is not 100 percent prior to his highly anticipated return.