CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Now that the Cavaliers have brought the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Cleveland, the franchise has set their sights on bringing the NBA All-Star game back to town.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver confirmed the team’s interest in hosting the game next February “or at a later date” in a letter written to congressional representatives Tim Ryan, Joyce Betty, Marcia Fudge and Marcy Kaptur dated Aug. 2, 2016.
Congressman Ryan, who hails from the Youngstown-Warren, Ohio area, posted a picture of the letter from Silver on his official Facebook page.
The 4 representatives wrote the commissioner after the league pulled the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, North Carolina in protest to the state’s House Bill 2, which limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the state, and suggested that Cleveland be named the replacement city.
The Cavs have had interest in bringing back the All-Star game for a few years now but appear to be making a stronger push for the event.
Cleveland last hosted the NBA All-Star game in February, 1997 at the then-named Gund Arena. That game is long remembered for the tribute the league paid to the 50 greatest players.