Feb 8, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT
No, Yao Ming cannot be voted in as starting center one last time. Probably.
For the second time in seven years, the NBA All-Star game will be headed back to Houston, this time for the 2013 game, the league officially announced Wednesday. Houston also was host to the 2006 game.
“Houston is a spectacular sports city, and for one week it will be the basketball capital of the world,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a released statement. “NBA All-Star is a magnificent celebration of our game, and I want to thank the city and the Rockets for welcoming us once again.”
The game will take place on Feb. 17. The entire weekend of festivities will be broadcast on TNT.
This year’s All-Star Weekend will take place in Orlando, at the new Amway Center, Feb. 24-26.
If you’re wondering why your city has not gotten it, cities have to request the game and prove they can handle the crowds, Fan Fest and the rest of it. Not every city wants or has the facilities (such as a convention hall space next to the arena) to handle it.
My bet for 2014 — Brooklyn and the Nets new Barclay Center. Just a guess, but they do want it.