NBA news roundup: Knicks, Nets set to co-host '15 All-Star Game, 'NBA Inside Stuff' to return

Jason Szenes

New York City will play host to the 2015 NBA All-Star festivities, NBA Inside Stuff returns and MarShon Brooks will have the chance to turn his career around in Boston.

The 2015 NBA All-Star Game will be co-hosted by the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Netsaccording to

The game will be held on Feb. 15, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan while Saturday night's action will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In the first All-Star Game in the city since 1998, the weekend figures to be an exciting way to fan the flames of the growing rivalry between the Knicks and Nets.

In that aspect, the two teams have been engaged in a battle through the media since the Nets added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, putting them in position to challenge the Knicks for the city's NBA crown.

The league is also expected to announce that the 2016 game will be held north of the border at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The annual exhibition that pits the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference All-Stars has been held in Western Conference cities every year but once since 2004.

In 2014, New Orleans will host the event before it moves to the East Coast.

Cole Aldrich signs with Knicks

The New York Knicks announced on Tuesday that former first-round pick Cole Aldrich signed a non-guaranteed deal, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday.

The former Kansas star played in 15 games with the Sacramento Kings last season and averaged 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds. An NBA career that was once filled with promise has been marred with struggle as he's failed to find consistent minutes en route to career averages of 2.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 89 career games.

The 6'11 big man was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets with the No. 11 overall pick in 2010 after leading the Jayhawks to the 2008 national championship.

'90s staple set to return on NBA TV

NBA Inside Stuff, considered an institution for NBA fans in the '90s, is returning to the airwaves come November on NBA TV.

Grant Hill and Kristen Ledlow will pick up where Ahmad Rashad and Summer Sanders left off and bring the best of the NBA's action to living rooms once again. NBA TV will feature at least 26 episodes during the 2013-14 season and will also include special editions during the season.

From SB Nation:

"We look forward to bringing Inside Stuff to the next generation of NBA fans," said Christina Miller, senior vice president and general manager of NBA Digital. "The series will offer fun, original content for our fans including all access features, must-see highlights and all-new segments which we will present across all screens"

The show was ahead of its time in terms of making the game accessible to fans with behind-the-scenes footage, audio and video clips and segments such as "Jam Session" and "Rewind." It's a show that is geared toward audiences of all ages, and has the potential to bring casual fans closer to the league and its players.

MarShon Brooks can seize opportunity in Boston

Jay Asser of SB Nation's own CelticsBlog wrote an outstanding piece detailing MarShon Brooks' journey back to the Boston Celtics and how his second stint with the team is a chance to revive his career with the chance to reinvent himself in a situation tailor-made for him to succeed:

Via CelticsBlog:

The landscape of the Celtics this time around for Brooks is a lot different. Not necessarily dimmer, just different. It's a situation which will afford Brooks much more opportunities. Aside from a a few key returning players, roles are up for grabs. There is no set depth chart, rotation or pecking order. For a player who failed to show much improvement in his second year, it's a fairly welcoming situation.

It's spot-on analysis. The NBA is a talent-rich league where players only need a platform on which to showcase their abilities. Often times, they get buried on the bench for a number of reasons, often due to circumstances beyond their control, never to realize their full potential.

Brooks was in danger of such circumstances, but the transition taking place in the Celtics organization should allow for him to become the scorer he was tabbed to be in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

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