CLEVELAND: Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wants to bring the NBA All-Star game back to Cleveland.
Gilbert, who opened his new downtown casino Monday, said he plans to approach the league about hosting a future All-Star weekend. He hopes Cleveland would be able to get one “in the next few years.” The city last hosted the mid-season event in 1997, when the league celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Gilbert said Cleveland is again poised to hold such an event because of his casino as well as a downtown convention center under construction.
Houston is hosting next year’s game and New Orleans will have it in 2014 after also hosting in 2008. Gilbert noted that before the game was held in Orlando this year it was in a Western Conference city eight consecutive years.