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    Default 2016 NBA Allstar Games In Toronto!

    The Raptors are on the verge of landing the 2016 NBA All-Star game in Toronto, according to multiple sources.

    An official announcement is expected shortly that will reveal further details of how one of the sport's biggest weekends will tie in to the Toronto Raptors' 20th-anniversary season.

    Tim Leiweke, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO, made it clear upon taking over the company that landing the prestigious event was one of his early goals.

    “Clearly the 2016 all-star game is a flag in the sand that we planted with the NBA. It is a must have in my opinion and it will be the centre piece of how we rebrand this,” Leiweke said in May.
    http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap...-All-Star-Game

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    Cool

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    Didn't see this coming, despite Leiweke's statements when he came onboard.

    I, for one, won't bother attending any events. Just can't think of anything that is worth the hassle of dealing with those kind of crowds...but it will be a good day for TO and thew Raps organization.

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    Wiggins for ASG MVP

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    Sick.

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    It's about time!

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    This is awesome, can't wait.

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    Just came home from school..........best news ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What they got to say now? Nothing they can say now. Mobbin' on the low. Winnin' on the low
    The city embraced me, made me feel at home. The only difference [between Compton and Toronto] for me is the cold. -DeMar
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    I'm right there with you Puffer. Have no interest in attending any of it, but great for the city.
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    Fantastic news for the city!

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    Wow ... well there goes Doug Smith's long standing opinion that Toronto will never get the ASG, because it's somehow not suited to host it .... Idiot. Lol

    This is absolutely amazing news, and proof that TL is a man of his word and gets things done.
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    Not to mention WHITE VEGAS baby, Woo!! This is going to be one sloppy game. Haha

    Toronto Tourism ad: 'White Vegas' from The Basketball Jones on Vimeo.

    Last edited by Joey; Tue Sep 24th, 2013 at 04:05 PM.
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    Quote joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
    Wow ... well there goes Doug Smith's long standing opinion that Toronto will never get the ASG, because it's somehow not suited to host it .... Idiot. Lol

    This is absolutely amazing news, and proof that TL is a man of his word and gets things done.
    Now I'm not one to support Doug Smith on anything.... but.....

    The lack of convention centre space within a short distance (i.e. couple minutes walk) to accommodate all the hoopla that goes on surrounding the actual game itself was the issue. I believe a lack of quality hotels was an issue too.

    Obviously things have changed in Toronto the last few years but there are a lot of NBA cities who could not handle the circus that is an ASG.

    There was a thread on this before.
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    Quote Puffer wrote: View Post
    Didn't see this coming, despite Leiweke's statements when he came onboard.

    I, for one, won't bother attending any events. Just can't think of anything that is worth the hassle of dealing with those kind of crowds...but it will be a good day for TO and thew Raps organization.
    May this be the first of many "I told you so" for Leiweke.
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    On TSN too: http://www.tsn.ca/nba/story/?id=432655

    It's rather ironic that this is something BC was working on even before TL (I believe), and certainly in his temporary role after being reassigned. Somewhere BC is muttering to himself... lol

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    The lack of convention centre space within a short distance (i.e. couple minutes walk) to accommodate all the hoopla that goes on surrounding the actual game itself was the issue. I believe a lack of quality hotels was an issue too.
    Why is it no longer an issue then? Its not like a Convention Center has suddenly opened up.
    I never really bought into that argument .. The Metro Toronto Convention Center is literally just up the street from the ACC... and its massive. And I believe the Ritz and the Marriot are both connected to the MTCC, with the Royal York hotel right across the street.

    That argument from Doug just never made sense to me.
    Perhaps its legit, but I'm not sure why that would've changed under TL.
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    Finally!

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    Quote joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
    Not to mention WHITE VEGAS baby, Woo!! This is going to be one sloppy game. Haha

    Toronto Tourism ad: 'White Vegas' from The Basketball Jones on Vimeo.

    LOL. But OMG, Jilly's is an absolute dive or at least used to be back in the day, or so I heard. Oh, and I guess this guarantees that JV will make the ASG in 2016.

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    Default Why dont people realize??

    I dont understand how people think the 2016 allstar will be during the raptors 20th season in the nba. This year is the raptors 19th therfore 2014-15 will be the 20th. The allstar will not b here for hour 20th season, itll b for our 21st season. Just to show u the raps 10th year anny was in 2004/05 not 2005/06. 04/05 was there 10th year. 14/15 is there 20th

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    Quote TorontoRaptors4Eva wrote: View Post
    I dont understand how people think the 2016 allstar will be during the raptors 20th season in the nba. This year is the raptors 19th therfore 2014-15 will be the 20th. The allstar will not b here for hour 20th season, itll b for our 21st season. Just to show u the raps 10th year anny was in 2004/05 not 2005/06. 04/05 was there 10th year. 14/15 is there 20th
    2004/05 may have been their 10th season, but the 2005/06 season would have been the 10th anniversary of their first season - confusing I know. Do you celebrate at the beginning or end of the 'year'? Think of it like your birthday - you're living in the # year for an entire year before you celebrate that birthday (ie: when you celebrate your 10th birthday, you're done living your 10th year, yet you are considered to be 10 for a whole year more).

    Frankly I could care less about the semantics and am just excited to have an all-star game hosted in Toronto!

    Now I just have to figure out my strategy to convince the wife to plan a trip back to Toronto that just happens to coincide with the all-star game...
    Last edited by CalgaryRapsFan; Tue Sep 24th, 2013 at 06:11 PM.

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