The NBA has announced they will be awarding the city of New Orleans the honor of hosting the 2014 NBA All-Star Game. Tom Benson recently agreed to buy the New Orleans Hornets and reportedly will sign a lease extension at New Orleans Arena.
The 2013 NBA All-Star game will be played in Houston, and part of the reason they elected to go to New Orleans for 2014 was because of the timing of Mardi Gras, which falls well after the usual mid-February times on March 4, 2014.
In 2015 and 2016 Mardi Gras will fall again in mid-February, so if the NBA had awarded the 2014 game to New York, it likely wouldn’t make sense to host the game in New Orleans again until 2017, at which time Tom Benson would be 89 years old.
The City of Toronto, Ontario has never hosted an NBA All-Star Game. When the construction of the Air Canada Centre Toronto begun in 1997, there was speculation that Toronto could host an All-Star event once all of the construction was over. Since its opening on February 19, 1999 there has not been much follow up talk about Toronto hosting a future All-Star event.
Portland, Sacramento, Toronto, Memphis and Oklahoma City are the only current NBA cities that have not yet hosted an NBA All-Star Game.
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