Sacramento has never hosted the NBA All-Star game, but the Kings have high hopes of doing so in the future because of their new arena — the Golden 1 Center. The team is bidding for Sacramento to host either All-Star weekend in 2022 or 2023, and in order to set the bid apart from others, it is emphasizing a “tech-enhanced experience” that would be developed surrounding the event at the high-tech arena.
All-Star guests would be able to move from transportation hubs to accommodations to venues in 30 minutes or less via a network of autonomous vehicles, dedicated All-star transportation lanes and a personalized virtual concierge called SASCHA (Sacramento All-Star Concierge Host with AI). SASCHA knows your preferences, keeps you updated on events and food options, accepts digital coin and can have merchandise delivered on-demand. The Kings also partnered with Airbnb to have up to 1,000 lodging options available.
Los Angeles was the host of 67th NBA All-Star Game last weekend. Could Salt Lake City be in the picture next? Fans will have to wait and see. After months of planning, the Utah Jazz have submitted a formal bid to the league to host an All-Star Game in 2022 or 2023. The Jazz have partnered with the state of Utah, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Sports Commission, Visit Salt Lake and the Utah Office of Tourism to strengthen the case of Vivint Arena as a proposed site.
Jimmy Butler chose to sit out of the thrilling All-Star Game last weekend to rest, which raised some eyebrows. One immediate response came from the Clippers’ Lou Williams, who felt he was snubbed from the game. He tweeted at Butler and wrote “u serious bruh?” Because this league is so much fun, we got to hear what Butler’s response to that tweet was before the Timberwolves-Rockets game on Friday night.
ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth reported that this is what four-time All-Star Butler said to her earlier in the day: “My thing is this: To Lou and to whoever else thinks they’re an All-Star, with all due respect, LeBron and them got $100,000 for winning. If you got 100K to put up and we play one another, you guard me, I guard you, I’m gonna show you why. All this talk? Put $100,000 up, and I’ll show you why and where I’m at.”