Celtics news: Boston in play for 2022 All-Star game if it wants it
With 2019, 2020, and 2021 All-Star weekends already locked to be held at Charlotte, Chicago, and Indianapolis, respectively, league executives and team owners are now turning their attention to 2022.
Not that it needed more hype within “the powers that be,” but the bid for the hosting duties on the said year should continue to heat up. After previous reports saying that the Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz, and Sacramento Kings have all submitted an application or at least let their interests be known, the Boston Celtics also came in to play weeks ago.
Since among all of those four franchises and cities, Boston is arguably the most popular city, and thus, could most likely be the biggest draw, the city is now getting eyed for the gig.
It went from the Celtics’ majority owner, Wyc Grousbeck casually saying this to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe just last December…
“We’re looking at an application package… But we have to work it out with the Convention Center. We are going to ask for an application package and we’ll see what happens.”
while also having some doubts…
“We can’t get all of our fans into the game, all of our season ticket-holders…We have a season ticket-holder wait list and relatively few of our season ticket-holders would be able to come to a game that we host.”
To them basically getting handed off with the reigns:
Hearing in LA there is a strong likelihood that Boston—if it wants it—can secure the NBA’s All Star game in 2022. Boston last hosted the game in 1964.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) February 17, 2018
Still, with uncertainties still present on the Celtics’ side, Utah, Milwaukee, and especially Sacramento – with its aggressive owner, Vivek Ranadive – could all make an extra play in the coming weeks.
In any case, Boston should be a fun host. The fans, for one, are as passionate as any other fan base could be.