When will Boston host NBA All-Star Game? Here's what Adam Silver had to say


An NBA All-Star Game in Boston is long overdue. Despite the Celtics being one of the league's most storied franchises, the city hasn't hosted the event since 1964.

The wait will continue for at least a couple more years as the next two All-Star Games will take place in Salt Lake City and Indianapolis, respectively. After that, TD Garden could be on the NBA's radar as a potential destination.

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Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed the league is interested in bringing the All-Star Game back to Boston, where the exhibition was first hosted in 1951.

"I don't know if you knew this, but the first two NBA All-Star Games ever, which were in the early '50s, were played in Boston," Silver said Sunday on Celtics Pregame Live. "So, we've got to get back there. For Wyc (Grousbeck) and Steve (Pagliuca) and ownership there, I know that's something they care about.

"I can say as a fan, as the commissioner, we love to get around the league, different markets. Boston is one of those great sports towns. I know people would love to have it there. So they are focused on it, I know we'd love to get back there for an All-Star Game."

According to The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn, the Celtics are preparing to make a bid to host the All-Star Game in the coming years.

“I encourage that application from Boston. Wonderful city and obviously we’ll be there soon,” Silver told reporters ahead of the NBA Finals on Thursday.


Boston has hosted four All-Star Games in the history of the event: 1951, 1952, 1957 and 1964.

Watch the full Celtics Pregame Live interview with Silver below: