Report: Raps finalists to host 2016 All-Star Game

Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross will have the opportunity to defend his slam dunk contest title, according to an online report.
April 5, 2013, 11:09 AM

The Toronto Raptors are one of six NBA franchises to never host an All-Star Game, but they may soon be crossed off that list.

The Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers are the leading contenders to host the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.

The list of teams to have never hosted the NBA’s showcase weekend also includes the Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings.

Many of the aforementioned cities may be a little small to host the weekend, as it requires thousands of hotel rooms to placate NBA staff, the media and the league’s many advertising partners.

Brooklyn could clearly handle the masses and is a finalist to host the weekend in 2015, along with the Knicks. New Orleans will host the event next season.

The Trail Blazers are said to be preparing a bid to host the event in 2017.

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