The last time the city of Charlotte held an NBA All-Star weekend was in 1991, but the big weekend might be headed back to “Buzz City” sooner than people think.
2017 may sound far away, but the NBA likes to plan things far before events occur. Charlotte is being rumored as one of the top contending cities for the 2017 All-Star game. Bobcats minority owner Michael Jordan spoke to the media about the possibility of the All-Star game being back in Queen city, saying “I’d love to see that happen again.”
Jordan played in the 1991 East vs. West game, and there is no reason why he would not pursue the prospect of having the festivities in his team’s city. This would be another huge step in the progression of Charlotte basketball. I think the NBA would be impressed with Charlotte’s ability to handle large-scale events after their success in hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention. We all know the All-Star game would bring many of excited NBA fanatics, and the city is ready.
If everything runs perfectly on schedule like the announcement this year (for 2015 and 2016), the host of the All-Star Game should be revealed in the fall. Charlotte will compete with cities like Brooklyn, Cleveland, and Orlando yet again (why the heck should they get one again?).
All that is left now for Bobcats/Hornets fans is to hope and wait that their rising basketball city will soon get the nod to hold the All-Star weekend in February 2017.