LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are on a roll, as the team have collectively won four straight games. Following their shoot around Tuesday in advance of their game against the Milwaukee Bucks, King James spoke on the confirmed news that Cleveland is vying to host the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.
“It would be too much for me,” James said in jest, remarking that he’s not so sure he wants the celebrated exhibition to come to his city. “It would be too much for me. I think it would be great for us to host it, but hopefully I’m no good in that year if we get it.” James spoke to the press in a sarcastic, exasperated tone when considering just how much people would turn to him for appearances and ticket requests.
The Cavs’ NBA All-Star hopes stem from a bid led by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, which has the goal of hosting the weekend extravaganza. James, 29, has been an NBA All-Star the past 10 seasons he has played. He won the MVP in 2006 and 2008, respectively. His influence is also a big part why the league extended the All-Star break to eight days after expressing to commissioner Adam Silver to have more rest amid the 82-game season.
This year’s NBA All-Star Weekend is slated to take place at the Mecca of Basketball, New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The bright light metropolis will split hosting duties with the Brooklyn Nets in their Barclays Center. After that, the Toronto Raptors will host in their native land, which leaves 2017 and 2018 wide open for participation. Historians will note that the last time Cleveland hosted the All-Star Game was in 1997, the year the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary. Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and a host of others were vaulted as the 50 greatest players in league history up to that point.
It seems that rest is incredibly important to James and Cleveland hosting the All-Star Game would deter that. Do you think he was speaking from truth or from jest to the media? Read what you had to say on the subsequent pages!
SOURCE: Bleacher Report