Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Toronto to Host 2016 NBA All-Star Game

            Yes that's right. The All-Star game is coming north of the border. It's been a while since we've had some interesting news this off-season, so this comes with both great surprise and delight.  Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports that multiple sources have told the Toronto Sun that a deal to have the All-Star game in Toronto is on the horizon. An official announcement is expected shortly (possibly this week) and further details are expected. Coincidentally, the All-Star game to-be will align with the 20th Anniversary of none other than the Toronto Raptors. 

            Having the All-Star game in Toronto would be an excellent way of celebrating the Raptor's 20th anniversary, as this would be the first ever All-Star game hosted in Canada. The Raptors have not been very successful since their humble start in 1995, as part of the expansion draft with the Vancouver Grizzlies. Although, the Raptors have had their share in the spotlight, thanks to multiple outstanding performances by Chris Bosh, Vince Carter, and Tracy McGrady, among others. I mean, who could forget Vince's incredible showing at the 2000 Dunk Contest? All-Star weekends, with all their fun festivities and competitions and media attention, continue to draw in fans by the masses, year by year. With all it's multiculturalism, basketball has really found a home in Toronto. And what a better way to reward the fans, with a 3 day basketball fiesta!

Oh and just in case you've forgotten, here are some highlights from the 2000 NBA Dunk Contest..

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