Mayor Thomas Menino Interested in Bringing NBA All-Star Game to Boston, Hopes Celtics Apply to Host Event in Near Future

The future of the NBA is very much up-in-the-air right now, but that isn't stopping mayor Thomas Menino from considering the idea of Boston hosting the NBA All-Star Game once the league's work stoppage comes to an end.

Menino said that he wants the league to bring the event to Boston, according to The Boston Globe.

"We haven't had it since '64 and I think we're ready for it," Menino said. "We have new ownership, new enthusiasm, the fan base out here for it, and I just think we have the facility and everything ready to go."

Menino said that he would endorse the idea, although the Celtics would have to file a formal proposal to host the game. Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck has said that his team is interested in doing so, The Globe reports.

"As a city, I would endorse the idea of bringing it here with the Convention Center folks, get all the entities in our city working together to make sure the All-Star Game is a first-class game that people participate in and neighbors could participate," Menino added. "I just think it's long overdue."

Orlando is currently slated to host the 2012 All-Star Game, while Houston is expected to host the 2013 contest — although the NBA lockout could alter those plans in some way.

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