All-Star Rumors

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission submitted a bid to host the 2018 NBA All-Star game. The last time the city held the mid-season extravaganza was in 1997. “We’re very excited about returning to Cleveland at some point for an All-Star game,” Silver said. “We know [Cavaliers’ owner] Dan Gilbert would very much like it to happen and I think it’s just a function of when. Making sure that the timing is right in terms of the upgrades to the building.”
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the only thing that would prevent the city of Cleveland from hosting an NBA All-Star game is failing to make improvements to Quicken Loans Arena. “They’ve expressed interest in it and we’re waiting for them to get the additional work done on the building,” Silver told Northeast Ohio Media Group during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Nuggets need a bona fide star. Can Gallo be an all-star in this league? “It’s my goal. It has been in my mind since I came in the league. … There is something in my mind that tells me I have a chance to go to the All-Star Weekend,” said Gallinari, looking forward to next season after needing almost two years to regain his form after a knee injury in 2013 led to the downfall of the Nuggets in the playoffs and the nasty divorce between Karl and Kroenke.
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Rick Welts: The thing that I get credited with, maybe that I’ll always live with, is the creation of the NBA All-Star Weekend. It wasn’t really as visionary a thing on my resume as people might want to credit me for. I was in the unenviable position of trying to sell the NBA to major corporate sponsors at a time when the NBA was not viewed as a good investment for companies like that. I knew that if we could create some additional events, I’d have a chance at least to try to create some corporate interest in sponsoring those events. That, really as much as anything, was my motivation in trying to create a second day of events around All-Star: that we could bring the fans with the support of some corporate partners, and that really was an important part of launching [NBA Commissioner] David Stern’s success.
Q: You’ve talked about how that should even be the case at All-Star Games, where you’d still go after guys. Kobe: Go back and watch the 1988 All-Star game, the ’89 All Star game. Those guys competed. They were trying to win, man. And I always tried to do the same thing. … You understand, when I’m matching up with Vince (Carter) in the All-Star Game, or matching up with Dwyane (Wade) in the All-Star Game, they know I’m coming. Hopefully All-Star Games will get back to that.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday night that it’s “probably unlikely” for Orlando to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game because the city hosted the exhibition just several years ago, in 2012. Asked about Orlando’s chances of hosting in 2017, Silver answered that Orlando’s chances are slim “only because the game was here in 2012 and there are some other teams that haven’t had an All-Star Game in a long time who, if their bids are complete, would take priority only because we like to share the wealth, so to speak.
“I totally disagreed with this whole idea that the All-Star Game is so important that we should sit out regular-season games to get ready for the All-Star Game, and now with Anthony’s decision to not only play in the All-Star Game but to end his season,” Gundy said Thursday on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show. “I think it’s backwards thinking from these organizations or players. It’s got to be about the team, the team, the team. “The All-Star Game doesn’t need any specific player. But these teams do need these maximum salary guys.”