Talking Points: No All-Star Game for Portland
Monday, February 27, 2012
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Portland has been host to many big basketball events, from an NCAA Final Four (way back when) to the NBA Finals on three occasions. But there does not appear to be much hope for the NBA All-Star Game landing in the Rose City.
Commissioner David Stern was asked if Portland could be a host candidate, and both he and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said the city may come up short because it doesn’t have enough hotel space to house the league’s guests.
“Just the NBA alone accounts for almost 11,000 room nights in the All-Star city, and that’s historically been the issue in Portland, because of course what we now are calling All-Star week has expanded to the point that there are also needs for thousands of additional rooms beyond what we’re booking,” Silver told The Associated Press. “So we’d love to find a way to get to Portland, but that continues to be the issue for Portland and many other ideal cities, and just a function of not enough hotel rooms.”
Clyde Drexler returned to Orlando where he experience his greatest NBA All-Star Game.
Drexler, along with other Hall of Famers, played in the first NBA Cares Special Olympics Unity Sports basketball game on Sunday.
Clyde may not have been able to “glide” on Sunday like he did 20 years ago, but Blazers fans will remember the 1992 All-Star Game, when Drexler scored 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting with nine rebounds and six assists in the West’s 153-113 win.
Blazers fans will also remember that it was not Drexler who was awarded the MVP. It went to Magic Johnson, who had 25 points and nine assists. Oh yeah, and it was Magic’s first game back after he retired before the 1991-92 season began following his announcement that he had contracted the HIV virus.
It’s basically just another reason Blazers fans aren’t too fond of the Lakers.
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