Los Angeles to host 2018 NBA All-Star Game


Los Angeles has been selected to host the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, the league announced on Tuesday.

The showpiece game will be played on Sunday February 18, at the Staples Center, home of the Lakers and Clippers.

It will be the sixth time Los Angeles has hosted All-Star events, an NBA record.

Los Angeles last hosted the All-Star Game in 2011. The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be in Charlotte. 

"Los Angeles is known for first-class hospitality and entertainment, making it the perfect host for NBA All-Star," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said at a Tuesday press conference at Staples Center.

"The city is home to some of the most passionate basketball fans in addition to extraordinary facilities, including Staples Center and L.A. Live. We thank Mayor Garcetti, Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer, Lakers President and Co-Owner Jeanie Buss and AEG President and CEO Dan Beckerman for their support in bringing All-Star back to L.A."

All-Star events will begin on Friday, February 16, with the Rising Stars Challenge, where rookies and second-year players compete in challenges on the court.

The following day will be skills competition where players can display their shooting, passing and agility drills as well as the three-point and slam dunk contests.

The final day will conclude with the All-Star Game itself.

"It is exciting and humbling for us to be hosting NBA All-Star again for the third time in 14 years," Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission President Kathy Schloessman stated.

"Events like the NBA All-Star fill our hotels, employ Angelenos and bring direct spending to our restaurants, shops, attractions, and an economic windfall to our city. Having the unique assets and venues of L.A. Live continues to play an important role in bringing these great high-profile events to our city."