The NBA has announced that Los Angeles has been chosen to host NBA All-Star 2018. The 67th All-Star game will be held at Staples Center, home of the L.A. Lakers and L.A. Clippers.
It will be making a record sixth appearance in Los Angeles after it previously hosted in 1963, 1972, 1983, 2004 and 2011. New York has staged it five times, with Boston and Philadelphia playing host four times each.
Staples Center was the venue for the 2004 and 2011 All-Star, with the Forum in Inglewood hosting in 1972 and 1983 and the Los Angeles Sports Arena in 1963.
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement at a press conference at Staples Center prior to the Lakers' game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
"Los Angeles is known for first-class hospitality and entertainment, making it the perfect host for NBA All-Star," said Silver.
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"The city is home to some of the most passionate basketball fans in addition to extraordinary facilities, including Staples Center and L.A. Live. We thank Mayor Garcetti, Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer, Lakers President and Co-Owner Jeanie Buss and AEG President and CEO Dan Beckerman for their support in bringing All-Star back to L.A."
NBA All-Star on-court events will tip off on Friday February 16, at Staples Center with the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. On February 17, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will be held featuring the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Challenge and the Verizon Slam Dunk contest. The All-Star game is scheduled to take place on Sunday 18 February.
The annual event will be returning to the west for the first time since New Orleans in 2014. The recent 2016 edition took place in Toronto, with New York playing host in 2015. The 2017 All-Star will be held in Charlotte at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The last time L.A. staged the All-Star in 2011, the headlines over the weekend were dominated by Los Angeles-based players Blake Griffin and Kobe Bryant.
Griffin was selected to the All-Star team as a rookie, but stole the show with a memorable win in the Slam Dunk contest and Bryant was named the All-Star game MVP for a record-tying fourth time after scoring 37 points.
"All-Star is a premiere event, so it's fitting that it'll be hosted by Los Angeles, the premiere sports city in America, and by Staples Center, one of the premiere arenas in the world," said Los Angeles Lakers President and Co-Owner Jeanie Buss. "2004 and 2011 proved what a great combination this is, and 2018 will prove it again."
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer added: "Since becoming part of L.A. through my ownership of the Clippers, I've witnessed firsthand the passion this city has for basketball and celebrating world-class talent, and I can't wait to see what's in store for both players and fans during NBA All-Star 2018."