NBA All-Star Game

Kings go high tech with NBA All-Star Game bid

Sacramento Kings

Kings go high tech with NBA All-Star Game bid

SACRAMENTO -- Go big or go home. The Sacramento Kings held a press conference Thursday morning to announce the franchise’s bid to host either the 2022 or 2023 NBA All-Star weekend. 

From automated vehicles, to a personalized virtual concierge, Sacramento’s bid is all about technology. They hope to celebrate the diverse cultural aspects of Sacramento to create an event that will continue the city’s transformation.

“Golden 1 Center created a spark that ignited Sacramento’s evolution downtown and beyond,” Sacramento Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé said via press release. “With a world-class arena that is home to the best fans in the NBA, we are excited to present a bid that reimagines the All-Star event as a global celebration of sport, art, culture and diversity.”  

According to the fact sheet, “The epicenter of the celebration will be a Global Pavilion -  a unique indoor and outdoor facility extending from the steps of California’s capitol to the iconic Tower Bridge.”

It’s a beautiful space that includes a proposed amphitheater and plenty of other upgrades. The group also hopes to take advantage of existing spaces, like the Sacramento Convention Center Complex, Crest Theater, The Railyards, the California State Railroad Museum, as well as other potential areas.  

The main hurdle to any bid is the city’s lack of high-end accommodations. To make up for a lack of luxury hotel space, the Kings hope to partner with Airbnb, as well as bring in two or three small luxury cruise ships into the Port of Sacramento. It’s an innovative idea that includes transforming a portion of the waterfront to a secondary event center. 

It will take plenty of innovation to lure the NBA’s main event to Sacramento. The group is promising 30 minute door-to-door service via automated vehicles, special designated freeway lanes and a uniquely Sacramento experience to potential guests. 

An official bid is being sent to the NBA offices in New York. 

All photos via Sacramento Kings

For next year's All-Star game, NBA should focus on what really matters


For next year's All-Star game, NBA should focus on what really matters

The National Basketball Association got only one real lift from All-Star Weekend, and that is that LeBron James got to summarily dismiss Laura Ingraham.
Other than that, the big announcement after a largely uninspiring weekend was that Commissioner Adam Silver is going to televise more of the only thing the All-Star Game is actually good for – the assembling of the teams.
I suppose that isn’t exactly the bounce the league was hoping for from its first experiment in a format the National Hockey League abandoned as dated and the National Football League couldn’t make people care about their Pro Bowl, but the league’s bounce is the league’s problem.
So are the introductions, which one supposes will be sped up next year in Charlotte so as not to allow folks to remember why the game was in Charlotte two years after it was supposed to be in Charlotte.
But the only real production values the league ought to care about are the identities of the players on the two teams, if only because of our obsession with what we erroneously call “snubs.” If the idea is to see players irked by not being named, or elated by being named, then that is where the league’s focus ought to be.
That point was made fairly clear when Chris Haynes of ESPN was given the identities of the last two players drafted on this year’s teams – Boston’s Al Horford and San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge. That was supposed to be a closely guarded secret apparently at the behest of Stephen Curry (who had a tough weekend himself), and yet it tumbled out like so many others – because it was one of the few curiosities about this event.
So if the idea is that the selection of the teams is the only real value other than the weekend price-gouging, then Silver’s job is to finish the job that begins by televising the draft – specifically, to televise the selections of the backups from which the draft emanates.
I mean, why do the players have to show their work while the coaches do not? Why is secrecy allowed for the suits but not for the sweats? What sort of anti-egalitarian message is being sent here? Fight the power! Rage against the machine!
And then when that’s done, the league should cozy up to Las Vegas again to undo some of the damage caused by its ridiculous “integrity fee” fiasco. After all, one of the undertold stories of the weekend was the way the betting line for the total plummeted once the smart guys figured out the two teams would not try to break 200, and everyone loves a betting coup. Thus, keeping up to date on betting trends, one of Silver’s ongoing initiatives, would seem to be an imperative in the years to come.
Well, that, and coaxing some fringe political yammerhead to insult one of the players for no decipherable reason. That one never fails to stick the landing.

Team LeBron outlasts Team Stephen in All-Star game thriller


Team LeBron outlasts Team Stephen in All-Star game thriller

Stephen Curry had the ball in his hands on the final possession of the All-Star game, but saw himself guarded by a familiar face: Warriors teammate Kevin Durant, as well as opposing captain LeBron James.

Durant and James' trap forced Curry to pass to DeMar DeRozan for a desperation heave that fell short, and Team LeBron beat Team Stephen 148-145 in the first year of a new All-Star format. 

Durant finished second on Team LeBron with 19 points. The Golden State trio of Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green scored 11, 15, and three points, respectively, for Team Stephen. 

LeBron James led all scorers with 29 points, and was named the game's most valuable player for the third time -- the second most in NBA history.