Get excited Charlotte!
According to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer, the city has won the bid to host the NBA's All-Star Game in 2017.
EXCUSIVE: Charlotte wins bid to host 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend. Formal announcement tomorrow. Story coming.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) June 22, 2015
This will be the second time the city has hosted the event. It previously hosted the event in 1991, when Dee Brown won the Slam Dunk Contest with this dunk, Craig Hodges of the Chicago Bulls repeated as Three-Point Champion and the East beat the West after Karl Malone interfered with a potential game-winner 3-pointer by Kevin Johnson.
There had been rumors for a while now that Charlotte was the favorite to be awarded the All-Star weekend, but it is still nice to see it made official. It will be interesting to see if the team still decides to upgrade Time Warner Cable Arena, which was considered a major holdback for the city when they were considered for the event. The Cable Box is far from one the bottom of NBA arenas, but it is pushing a decade in age, and as was pointed out in the article linked in this paragraph, the "NBA is always a big fan of hosting their giant mid-season party in high quality arenas."
So how excited are you for the NBA All-Star Game to come to Charlotte?