As one of the two winningest franchises with 17 championships, the Celtics have stayed away from one area of the NBA’s history for nearly six decades. With NBA All-Star weekend in Cleveland complete, another festivity wrapped up without returning to Boston. The city has not hosted the All-Star Game since 1964, when Red Auerbach led the East to a 111-107 win at the old Boston Garden. Oscar Robertson earned the MVP award while Bill Russell and Sam Jones each scored double-digit points on their home court.
After years of financial and political questions kept Boston from making a push to host the game, the organization and city could be ready for a resurgence.
In a recent article for the Boston Globe, Gary Washburn reported that at the very least, Boston is interested in applying to host in the next cycle.
“According to NBA sources, the Celtics’ ownership group, led by Wyc Grousbeck and Steven Pagliuca, has decided to take steps in submitting an application to host the game,” Washburn wrote.
The next opening for the game comes in 2025 after going to Salt Lake City in 2023 and Indianapolis in 2024.
Additionally, there is interest from the league in nudging the Celtics to make a move in future years.
“Privately, the NBA would love Boston to submit an application,” Washburn wrote. “The league wants the All-Star Game in one of its benchmark cities. But commissioner Adam Silver can’t force the Grousbeck-led ownership group into that decision. He can only encourage.”
The city and the Celtics would have to navigate financial plans and scheduling with the Bruins on an agreeable date to bring the plan together.
If that becomes feasible, the stars could finally align and bring one of the game’s greatest spectacles back to the land ingrained in basketball history.
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