Amidst this depressing off-season comes some good news for Houston fans. Multiple sources have confirmed that the city of Houston has landed the 2013 NBA All Star Game. As many fans may remember the All Star Game was here in 2006 and certainly seemed like a big success. As local basketball fans we are fortunate to have the game come back so soon, and hopefully by 2103 the NBA will have gotten its books back in order.
In 2006 Houston took center stage, as the best basketball players in the world gathered to showcase there incredible talents. The All Star Game experience is a very memorable one starting with Fan Fest at George R. Brown Convention Center. This is a unique opportunity to not only meet with current superstars, but also legends who have left a lasting impact in the game of basketball. Fan fest has great activities for the younger kids, and lots of history to learn about the sport itself. The celebrity game also takes place in the same venue, and when it’s all said and done it’s a great “pre-game” to the big show Sunday night.
The pros kick off the weekend with the Rookie vs Sophomore game, followed by a slew of events Saturday night with the final showcase being the Slam Dunk Contest. In 06 the phrase “we was robbed” by Allen Iverson took a life of its own after Andre Iguodala lost to “little” Nate Robinson in a tie breaker.
After all that is put aside, then comes the All Star Game featuring the best voted on by the fans. 2006 featured Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming representing the Rockets (oh how things have changed since then) and LeBron James taking home MVP honors for the night, in a thrilling finish.
Let’s hope 2013 tops 2006, as Toyota Center is put back on center stage for all the basketball world to see.
Some sights and sounds from back in 06: