After a report leaked on Thursday afternoon that Chicago would host the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it official on Friday.
Silver was joined by Bulls vice president John Paxson, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Bulls president Michael Reinsdorf as they officially made the announcement inside the United Center.
This will mark the first time since 1988 that Chicago has hosted the event with it taking place inside Chicago Stadium. That year Bulls legend Michael Jordan and Atlanta’s Dominique Wilkins put on a show in one of the best NBA Slam Dunk Contests ever.
Jordan took home the MVP honors and won the Slam Dunk Contest in front of the hometown crowd.
Silver went on to say that he remembered that legendary event. ‘‘It was a great event then,” Silver said via the Chicago Sun Times. “I have fond memories of it then. I was sitting way up in the rafters. I look forward to better seats next time.’’
As for if there was some “home cookin” during the Slam Dunk Contest, Silver joked about MJ being one of his bosses.
Classic from NBA commissioner Adam Silver on who won 1988 dunk contest between MJ-Dominique: “Michael is one of my bosses.”
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 10, 2017
The 2020 event will host a week’s worth of events in the city of Chicago and bring a long a HUGE party for the entire weekend. It’s something that Emanuel has been pushing for to come to Chicago for a long time and now he got his wish.
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