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ko8e24
02-16-2010, 02:59 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/columns/story?id=4916233

DALLAS -- The adage in Los Angeles is that everyone needs a car and anything worth seeing is 30 minutes from downtown. But next year, when the city hosts NBA All-Star weekend, the longest trip anyone might have to make from hotels to events and parties is across the street.

The 60th NBA All-Star Game will be played next year at Staples Center, with the NBA All-Star Jam at the adjacent Los Angeles Convention Center. The recently built L.A. Live, a 4 million-square-foot, $2.5 billion complex across the street, includes a Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott and more than a dozen restaurants, bars, clubs and theaters.

The only reason to leave downtown Los Angeles during next year's All-Star Weekend might be to soak in the sun-kissed twists and turns of the Pacific Coast Highway or visit Mickey and Minnie at Disneyland. It will be a far cry from Dallas, where American Airlines Arena was a 10-minute drive from the media hotel, the Dallas Convention Center was a 15-minute ride and Cowboys Stadium was a 30-minute trip without traffic. That was, of course, for those who actually made it to Dallas after a snowstorm delayed and canceled hundreds of flights into the city.

Before Sunday's game, fans had to brave temperatures dipping below 30 degrees as they waited to enter the stadium. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, temperatures hovered around 75 degrees.

Dallas may hold the record for the largest crowd ever to watch a basketball game, drawing 108,713 for Sunday's event, but no city can compete with Los Angeles' ability to throw a party.

Next year's All-Star Game will be the fifth held in Los Angeles, the most for any city, and second in Staples Center in the past seven years. It will be the first major sporting event that AEG, which owns and operates Staples Center and L.A. Live, has bid on and will host after the completion of L.A. Live last spring.

"We actually tried to bid on the Finals but [NBA commissioner] David [Stern] assured me that despite what is occasionally written those are not awarded but earned," Tim Leiweke, president of AEG, said last year. "So we did the next thing and went after the NBA All-Star Game.

"When we built the [L.A. Live] campus in conjunction with the city we built it for big events and with the hotel opening and the rest of the campus being finished this was the first major event that we went out and bid on and the first major event that we were awarded. We certainly feel the pressure and will try to live up to the expectations for 2011."

The schedule will mimic past years', kicking off Friday, Feb. 18, at Staples with the Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam, followed by Saturday's skills challenge, shooting and dunk contests and the All-Star Game on Sunday. The Convention Center will house Jam Session, Friday's celebrity game and Saturday's H.O.R.S.E. competition, All-Star practices and D-League All-Star Game.

There are discussions to have the players stay at the newly built Ritz-Carlton, which will open in March. The media are crossing their fingers that they will be staying at the adjacent JW Marriott, which opened last week.

No matter how those arrangements are settled, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is just happy about the event and the revenue it generates for the host city.

"Anybody that brings a $100 million to my town at a time when the economy isn't doing very well is always welcome," said Villaraigosa last year. "This will be a great shot in the arm and a great opportunity for us to show off L.A., particularly downtown L.A. All I ask is that everyone spends as much as they can in our town."

JNA17
02-16-2010, 03:00 AM
L.A. is going to be epic :clap:

DodgerBulls
02-16-2010, 03:16 AM
Can't wait for this one. Missed the last one here, but I will for sure go to some events. I just hope the gentrification of downtown LA be completed by the time of the weekend madness.

Fireworld
02-16-2010, 04:38 AM
I wonder if the "All-Star Host" can entice free agents to sign in the off-season... If players like the city, could that make they're decision where to play easier??

G-Funk
02-16-2010, 11:41 AM
hell yeah!

Venomous88
02-16-2010, 03:21 PM
Can't wait, I'm definitely going to be there

Wilson
02-16-2010, 03:39 PM
I wonder if the "All-Star Host" can entice free agents to sign in the off-season... If players like the city, could that make they're decision where to play easier??

I think the Lakers have everything they need to entice people. Their issue is the salary cap though, so don't expect too much.

As for the Clippers, they might have a pretty solid looking line-up in place in the off-season as well as some trade bait in Baron Davis. They could definitely make some noise.

colinskik
02-16-2010, 03:54 PM
Wow, I love how the article blasts Dallas for things like a "10-min drive from the media hotel." Other than the immediate area in downtown LA around the Staples Center, which is a shithole for the most part, if anyone wants to go ANYWHERE else they're in for a headache of traffic. LA is a garbage town.

Venomous88
02-16-2010, 06:52 PM
what a bitter new yorker above me. How many times have you actually visited LA?

Avenged
02-16-2010, 07:04 PM
Haha well there is a lot of poverty in downtown L.A, ehh it's not the best place in the world but you got to love L.A. :cool:

L@ker4Life
02-16-2010, 07:06 PM
^^ no doubt right. I got to about 20 Lakers games a season not to mention party there regularly. LA is def not a **** town. LA Live is effing awesome and there are parts of LA that are the most amazing in the country not to mention the richest. Of course the city is very ecclectic so you also have some of the poorest areas (very much like NY). Anyone that says LA is garbage has obviously never visited.

colinskik
02-16-2010, 07:16 PM
I lived there for two years. Usually the people who love the place are the ones who haven't been to and/or lived anywhere else.

magichatnumber9
02-16-2010, 07:20 PM
I prefer San Diego or San Fran personally not knocking L.A but I like the outer parts of Cali.

Venomous88
02-16-2010, 07:25 PM
I lived there for two years. Usually the people who love the place are the ones who haven't been to and/or lived anywhere else.Been to basically every state with the exception of Texas and lived in Conn, Detroit,Nor Cal, and LA is still easily the best place to live in my opinion. Of course it has its flaws like the smog and bad neighborhoods, but that's still not enough to keep me from it. There's plenty of beautiful places like Playa del ray, Santa Monica, etc. Plus, there's not too many places you can you wear shorts in 80 degree weather in the middle of February.

Also, if you think traffic is bad, you obviously weren't taking the streets. Most people know that here who don't commute or who isn't a visitor from out of town.

wileyisTOFU
02-16-2010, 07:31 PM
Cali , vegas , and miami should be the only places considered for the black superbowl.

Atticus Finch
02-16-2010, 07:37 PM
Been to basically every state with the exception of Texas and lived in Conn, Detroit,Nor Cal, and LA is still easily the best place to live in my opinion. Of course it has its flaws like the smog and bad neighborhoods, but that's still not enough to keep me from it. There's plenty of beautiful places like Playa del ray, Santa Monica, etc. Plus, there's not too many places you can you wear shorts in 80 degree weather in the middle of February.

Also, if you think traffic is bad, you obviously weren't taking the streets. Most people know that here who don't commute or who isn't a visitor from out of town.

So if I see someone in the Shack in Playa Del Rey watching a Laker game but wearing a Dwayne Wade jersey should I assume its you?

Anyways, LA is like any other city in the sense that it has its awesome parts and it has its terrible parts. A lot of people who hate LA simply hate it because of the people here (which I admit many of which are douchebags). But for my tastes, aside from the high cost of living, LA/LA county have everything I need

fresh prince
02-16-2010, 07:43 PM
I lived there for two years. Usually the people who love the place are the ones who haven't been to and/or lived anywhere else.

WTF?

80% of the people that live here (in LA) are from a different state originally.. Many of whom just come for a visit and never leave!

I'm born and rasied in LA... I went away for school in Oregon and haved lived in , Chicago , Seatlle New York and Hawaii. Traveled Asia , Europe and the Caribean.

I can still attest that LA is one of the best cities in the world. It has it flaws like every other place but its easily top 5. You just havent done it right.

Venomous88
02-16-2010, 07:45 PM
So if I see someone in the Shack in Playa Del Rey watching a Laker game but wearing a Dwayne Wade jersey should I assume its you?

Anyways, LA is like any other city in the sense that it has its awesome parts and it has its terrible parts. A lot of people who hate LA simply hate it because of the people here (which I admit many of which are douchebags). But for my tastes, aside from the high cost of living, LA/LA county have everything I needMaybe because I'm in school and I haven't really meet that many people out of my campus, but this place has just as many douchebags as any other city I've been to. While the level of fakeness is incredibly high in some areas, there is also some real genuine areas. The one thing about this city is that is much more enjoyable for those who have money or connections. However, I believe any young person can have fun in this town.