Michael Jordan & The Charlotte Hornets Will Host The 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend

June 23, 2015 0

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Michael Jordan was criticized earlier in his career as an owner but over the past three years, Jordan has the Hornets trending up and that is finagling paying off.

Seeking to bring a title to the city of Charlotte in the next few years, it has been announced that Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets will host the 2017 NBA All-Star game.

According to the Charlotte Observer, 

Charlotte won a bid to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend, the Observer has learned.

A formal announcement is expected at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan in attendance at a news conference, according to sources. Charlotte officials and the Hornets organization formally made a bid for the event last summer.

In comments during a visit to Charlotte last year, Silver said he thought it was a sure thingCharlotte would be awarded an All-Star Weekend after city officials agreed to various upgrades and renovations at Time Warner Cable Arena.

“Personally I’m very excited about coming back here. I don’t think there’s any question it’s going to happen,” Silver said in December. “Just a matter of what year.”

The city agreed last fall to pay $27.5 million toward improvements to the arena. The NBA saw those improvements as key to any All-Star bid.

The All-Star Weekend is in mid-February. Specific dates for the 2017 event have not been set. The 2016 All-Star Game will be Feb. 14 in Toronto.

Along with the All-Star Game on Sunday night, All-Star Weekend includes various skills competitions (a dunk contest and a 3-point shooting contest specifically) plus a game between select first- and second-year NBA pros and an NBA Development League All-Star Game. There also is a fan festival, which the Charlotte Convention Center likely will host.

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