NBA, Adam Silver denying Cleveland’s bid to host All-Star Weekend
The Cleveland Cavaliers put a bid in to host the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend earlier this season, in what would be the city’s first since 1997. Things might not go just as the Cavs have planned quite yet. The NBA’s commissioner David Stern, has said that the Cavs stadium would need upgrades before they were even considered to host the globally televised event.
“They’ve expressed interest in it and we’re waiting for them to get the additional work done on the building,” Silver said during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
“We’re very excited about returning to Cleveland at some point for an All-Star game, we know [Cavaliers’ owner] Dan Gilbert would very much like it to happen and I think it’s just a function of when. Making sure that the timing is right in terms of the upgrades to the building.”
The commissioner didn’t expand and explain exactly what adjustments Cleveland would have to make to their stadium. The Quicken Loans Arena was opened in 1994, making it the 9th oldest stadium in the league. The Cavaliers are proposing a multimillion-dollar renovation project that would enlarge the facilities to increase the maximum occupancy in the building. Once all of these plans are put into place and the league finds everything to be up to standards, Silver sees no reason why Cleveland wouldn’t be a prime destination for All-Star Weekend.
“It’s a wonderful city to be in,” Silver said. “One of my sisters lives in Cleveland. I love the market. I think there’s no doubt we’ll be back there for an All-Star game.”
The last time the Cavs hosted the ASW, the leading scorers were Glen Rice of the Charlotte Hornets and Latrell Sprewell of the Golden State Warriors. It’s time Cleveland got their chance again.