Portland Trail Blazers fans patiently awaiting the city’s first NBA All-Star game will have to wait until at least 2022 to get their chance to host the league’s signature exhibition event. Trail Blazers President Chris McGowan informed the assembled press at the team’s Media Day of the unfortunate news.
Blazer’s Edge’s own David MacKay shared the details:
"We were told by the league we won't be a finalist for All-Star bids that were put out for a bit. [...]" -- Chris McGowan pic.twitter.com/4uLYkRSycm— David MacKay (@DavidMacKayNBA) September 25, 2017
Earliest Blazers can hope to host the NBA All-Star Game is 2022. League informed team that they won't be a finalist in current bid cycle.— David MacKay (@DavidMacKayNBA) September 25, 2017
The Trail Blazers are one of just two current NBA franchises to never host an All-Star game, the other being the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies, founded in 1995. Sacramento and Oklahoma City have also never hosted this event, however earlier incarnations of the respective franchises did—Cincinnati in 1966 and Seattle in 1987.
The 2018 All-Star game will be held in Los Angeles and the 2019 event will be held in Charlotte (rescheduled from 2017).