Raptors Bid for 2016 All Star Game


According to Doug Smith’s sources, the Toronto Raptors have put in a bid to host the 2016 NBA All Star Game and surrounding weekend events.

Among possible points in Toronto’s favour:

*It’s White Vegas

*It’s the 20th anniversary of the franchise

*It would be the first internationally held All Star Weekend

*Charles Barkley wholeheartedly endorses it

*Andrew Wiggins will likely be in the All Star Game, Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest and the brand new “Andrew Wiggins goes 1-on-5 against the Bobcats” event.

Among possible points against Toronto:

*It’s White Vegas

*The border/customs issue is sure to make some complain

*Charles Barkley wholeheartedly endorses it

In all seriousness, I don’t see why they wouldn’t give the Raptors a crack at it. New York is getting theirs in 2015, so unless the argument is just against doing it in two cold-weather cities in a row, it’d be tough to say Toronto isn’t deserving or a worthwhile location to party for a weekend.


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