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Lakers news: LA magazine says major All-Star events will not be open to the public

LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kyle Kuzma

It an exciting time in Hollywood at the moment. The Los Angeles Lakers just retired Kobe Bryant’s jersey in an emotional ceremony, the young Lakers have promising talent, the Clippers are finally starting to find some form and the city of Los Angeles will host the 2018 All-Star weekend.

The spotlight will again be on the city with the biggest stars rolling into town to showcase their talent and give back to the fans that cheer them on night in and night out. With the All-Star game itself undergoing a new format with team captains from each conference choosing their squad this season, it has become one of the more intriguing All-Star weekends in recent memory.

As exciting as the weekend will promise to be, there might be some disappointment for the general public which they are largely unaware of. According to Los Angeles Magazine, the major All-Star events which include the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest, Slam Dunk and All-Star game itself will not be available to the general public, with Lakers and Clippers season-ticket holders getting first priority based on seniority and the majority of sought after seating.

While the tickets won’t be available to the public, they will be available on secondary ticket marketplaces, but the prices will likely be double or even triple regular pricing due to the very limited availability. This could be devastating news for individuals travelling to the city in the hopes of getting a glimpse of the NBA’s most famous weekend. With the continued buzz around LeBron James possibly calling LA home next season, the likelihood of Kyrie Irving and James sharing a locker room again for the main event , and the prospect of Donovan Mitchell in the Slam Dunk Contest, it’s certainly an event no one wants to miss out on.

With that being said It will be a real shame if this remains the reality moving forward. Fans outside of the two franchise’s season ticket holders should be able to experience the event in its entirety as well.

Let’s hope the NBA releases more availability for the wider community as the weekend approaches. Stay tuned on ClutchPoints for any developing information regarding the 2018 All-Star weekend.