From the time the New Orleans Hornets fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 NBA Playoffs through April 12, 2012, the Hornets were one of the most forlorn sports franchises in America. However, ever since Tom Benson became the Hornets owner, it seems like New Orleans keeps getting great news.
The good times continued to roll on Monday when NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that New Orleans has been awarded the 2014 NBA All-Star game.
2014 NBA All-Star game
From all the new Saints haters out there to the so-called experts who predicted the Hornets would move or get contracted, the awarding of the 2014 NBA All-Star game to my hometown of New Orleans must be driving people crazy.
Personally, I haven't stopped smiling since I heard New Orleans got the 2014 NBA All-Star game. What people who have never visited New Orleans don't understand is that this isn't charity or a kind gesture in the wake of Katrina. New Orleans got the 2014 NBA All-Star game because the Big Easy is perfect for such events.
Event capital of America
From a previous all-star game to Super Bowls and college championships, New Orleans is accustomed to hosting major sporting events. So it's not like Stern has gone rogue in awarding the 2014 NBA All-Star game to New Orleans.
Geographically, the downtown region of New Orleans is very small. The Superdome, arena and convention center are all very close to each other. The other establishments that provide a variety of forms of evening entertainment are nearby as well.
2008 NBA All-Star game
I'm sure one of the reasons why many fans and experts are complaining about New Orleans getting the 2014 NBA All-Star game is that we just hosted the event in 2008. However, the city was still recovering from Katrina and many fans really didn't get into the festivities.
Besides, the same city hosting the NBA All-Star game in a short time span is hardly unprecedented. In the 1950s and 1960s, one city often hosted the NBA All-Star game twice in four years or less. And recently, Los Angeles just has (and the Houston Rockets soon will) host the NBA All-Star game twice in seven years.
So stand up and be proud, New Orleans! We're hosting the 2014 NBA All-Star game!
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in the New Orleans Arena the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals.
Brett Martel, "NBA awards 2014 All-Star game to New Orleans," yahoo.com
"NBA & ABA All-Star Game and Statistics," basketball-reference.com
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