Friday, January 04, 2013

Jordan Brand Classic, high school all-star game, moving to Barclays Center (in borough of MJ's birth)

A press release from the Barclays Center:
The 12th annual Jordan Brand Classic, the nation’s premier high school all-star game, will be held in Brooklyn, the birthplace of Michael Jordan, on April 13, 2013, at Barclays Center. The game had previously been held in Charlotte, North Carolina.
...Along with the National game, the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic will also include a Regional Game, showcasing the top prep players from the New York metropolitan area in a City vs. Suburbs showdown, and the sixth annual International Game featuring the top 16-and-under players from around the world.
“After spending two great years at Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena, we decided to bring the Jordan Brand Classic to Brooklyn at Barclays Center,” said Larry Miller, President of Jordan Brand. “We are extremely excited to host this incredible talent in a borough famous for high school basketball.”
Note that Jordan lived in Brooklyn for 18 months after birth, so it's not exactly where he made his rep.

Why the move?

And why did they decide to move the game to Brooklyn after stints in Charlotte, MSG, and DC/MD? No reason was given, but I suspect it tracks Bruce Ratner's famous June 2005 statement, "Like so many things in life, it was just a matter of money."


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