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NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto was one of the best in history. Not only did it feature what many are calling the greatest dunk contest of all-time, but it was also Kobe Bryant’s final All-Star Game and his entire career was celebrated during the spectacle.
The arena shook when Michael Jordan took the floor to officially announce Charlotte as the host for the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend. Charlotte will be the smallest market to host the All-Star Weekend in years, but the league is already looking to spark things back up in 2018.
According to USA Today the city of Los Angeles is very close to finalizing a partnership with the NBA on hosting the 2018 All-Star Weekend. L.A. hosted the event in 2004 then seven years later in 2011, if they host it again in 2018 it would mark the second time they would be returning after seven years.
Going to L.A. will be a big change as New York in 2015 and Toronto in 2016 featured some of it’s coldest days over the past thirty years. Cali will more than likely be on the sunny side in mid February.
Just days after fans, players, coaches and media members endured subzero temperatures at a second consecutive, frozen-tundra style NBA All-Star experience, there’s hope of warmer days on the horizon: the sun-stained city of Los Angeles is the likely location for the league’s annual affair in 2018.
According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the NBA and Los Angeles officials have made significant progress toward finalizing a partnership for the event. The deal is not done, but the prospect of All-Star weekend returning to Los Angeles for the first time since 2011 is very strong. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because an agreement had not yet been reached