2018 NBA ALL STAR WEEKEND - LOS ANGELES
On March 22, 2016 (just a few days after the 2015 NBA Finals) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement at Staples Center before a Lakers game.
The 67th NBA All-Star Game will be back at L.A. just 7 years after the last NBA All-Star Weekend in 2011. Kobe Bryant was the MVP in a 148-143 win for the West. Blake Griffin won the Slam Dunk Contest jumping over a KIA and James Jones won the 3 Point Shootout Contest.
It's the third time the league's midseason exhibition will be held at the Staples Center and the sixth time that the event hosted in Los Angeles. The 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend is scheduled for Friday, February 16 - Sunday, February 18.
Adam Silver - NBA Commissioner:
"Los Angeles is known for first-class hospitality and entertainment, making it the perfect host for NBA All-Star. The city is home to some of the most passionate basketball fans in addition to extraordinary facilities, including Staples Center and L.A. Live."
Eric Garcetti - Los Angeles Major:
"We couldn't be more excited to see the All-Star Game coming back. Let's think: It's 2004, 2011 and now 2018. We might just have to move it here permanently, Commissioner, but we certainly are ready for the task. An All-Star Game is so fun for the city. So while it's great to have visitors that come in, I hope there are kids that are right here in Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley and South LA and the Eastside that are going to take some time to participate in things. And if they need me to try to dunk with them, I'll do that, but I'll come up a little short."
Jeanie Buss - Lakers President
"All-Star is a premiere event, so it's fitting that it'll be hosted by Los Angeles, the premiere sports city in America, and by Staples Center, one of the premiere arenas in the world. 2004 and 2011 proved what a great combination this is, and 2018 will prove it again."
Steve Ballmer - Clippers Owner
"Since becoming part of L.A. through my ownership of the Clippers, I've witnessed firsthand the passion this city has for basketball and celebrating world-class talent, and I can't wait to see what's in store for both players and fans during NBA All-Star 2018."
The NBA will host several events for fans of all ages at venues throughout the city, including the Los Angeles Convention Center and L.A. Live. These events including NBA All-Star Practice, the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and the NBA Development League All-Star Game will feature interactive programming bringing fans closer to NBA and WNBA players and legends.
During NBA All-Star 2018, the NBA will continue to celebrate its tradition and commitment to social responsibility with a full schedule of NBA Cares events. Through partnership with schools, government and local nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, the league will reach thousands of children and families and provide important resources to community-based programs.