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Chicago to host 2020 NBA All-Star Game

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The last time the NBA All-Star Game was in Chicago, it was 1988 — the year Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins had one of the (if not THE) greatest All-Star Dunk contest ever. Then in the showcase game, Jordan dropped 40 points, led the East to the win, and was named MVP.

In 2020, it looks like the All-Star Game returns to the Windy City, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

This has now been confirmed by multiple sources. The Bulls are not going to officially confirm this yet — the NBA doesn’t like it’s press conferences upstaged — but the deal is done.

A number of cities had bid on the 2020 and 2021 games, from Indiana through the Golden State Warriors (who will be in a new building by then). Chicago won the first round. All-Star Weekend is more than just the game, it’s three-days of on-court activities including a fan fest, community events, and parties — official and unofficial — all throughout the host city.

The 2018 All-Star Game will be in Los Angeles, then in 2019 the game has been awarded to Charlotte.