The NBA officially named the city of Houston, Texas as the home for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game on Wednesday. It will be the second time in less than a decade that Houston will get to host one of the highlights of the NBA campaign. The city also hosted the games in 2006 as well as in 1989. Next year’s game will take place on February 17.
NBA Commissioner David Stern praised the city when he made his announcement to the media on Wednesday. He said “Houston is a spectacular sports city, and for one week it will be the basketball capital of the world. NBA All-Star is a magnificent celebration of our game, and I want to thank the city and the Rockets for welcoming us once again.”
Houston Rockets Team Owner Lesley Alexander told reporters that he was extremely excited that All-Star Weekend will take place in his city next year. The Rockets owner said “I am thrilled the Rockets and the City of Houston have once again brought NBA All-Star to Toyota Center. The All-Star Game showcases the best basketball players in the world and will allow our great Rockets fans and the entire community the opportunity to once again experience the best that our league has to offer. The 2006 All-Star Game in Houston was a tremendous success and we plan to set the bar even higher in 2013. We take great pride in Toyota Center’s standing as one of the premier venues in the country and are honored to be the first arena in Texas to host the game for a second time.”