“I think they want to just give some other cities an opportunity, but told us to come back and bid for the next round.” The next round would begin when the NBA focuses on future games like the 2022 NBA All-Star Game. “I think when the NBA encourages you to bid again, that means they like what they saw,” Burke said.
Adam Silver: I promise this time that next year’s will be different. I think we all recognize, and we talked about it at last year’s All-Star, we’ve gotten to the point where everyone seemed to agree it needed to be more competitive. And by everyone, I mean including the players. Chris Paul, who’s president of the union, he was the first to say to me the day after the game — and he wasn’t playing in that game — let’s get together and do something about this.