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New Orleans to host 2014 NBA All-Star Game

Apr 16, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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UPDATE 4:30 pm: Break out the beads, David Stern has made it official — the 2014 NBA All-Star Game will be in New Orleans.

“There is no better place to celebrate and showcase the NBA than in New Orleans, a city with a rich tradition of hosting major events that is second-to-none,” Stern said. “Our 2008 NBA All-Star festivities proved a terrific experience for everyone involved, and we anticipate 2014 will be even better.”

12:45 pm: Are you ready for some gumbo and hoops?

David Stern, new Hornets owner Tom Benson and a bunch of NBA brass are in New Orleans Monday to announce that the city will host the 2014 NBA All-Star Game. The Times-Picayune was the first to confirm the long-standing rumor.

Getting an All-Star game in the city was part of the lease renegotiations between the league and the state of Louisiana, which owns the New Orleans Arena. It is that new lease — which includes building upgrades and renovations — that cleared the way for the sale of the team to Tom Benson. The deal was the NBA had a decade to put an All-Star Game back in the city, but it was expected to be sooner rather than later.

New Orleans hosted the 2008 All-Star Game, the first major sporting event in the city following hurricane Katrina. The 2013 All-Star Game is in Houston. It is expected the 2015 All-Star Game will be in New York, although both the Nets with the new Barclay Center and the Knicks with a renovated Madison Square Garden want to host.

  1. nowillrepeat - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    N.O should host every major event

    No other city does it better

  2. seanb20124 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    This will be like Vegas game

  3. numba1recx19 - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Last NOLA allstar game was awesome

  4. southpaw77 - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    So not only can’t cold weather cities get free agents now Stern won’t let them have all star games either. Really nice to crap on the small markets NBA.
    Cleveland can’t get the all star game but LA, Houston, Phoenix and New Orleans will get it every decade..
    At least give OKC one or is that too much to ask for also?

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