Posted by Sekou Smith
LOS ANGELES — It doesn’t matter if the Lakers make it back to the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive year or not, the eyes of the basketball world will be in on this city again in next year.
The 2011 All-Star Game will be played here at Staples Center on Feb. 20, 2011, the logo was unveiled Sunday night prior to Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Then hometown hero Shaquille O’Neal was the star of stars the last time the game was played here (above) in 2004, winning MVP honors after he and his then teammate Kobe Bryant combined for 44 points as the West slipped past the East 136-132.
Bryant will have a chance grab the trophy for himself next year, because when the game is played here someone from the hometown team usually has a chance to shine.
L.A. also hosted the All-Star Game in 1963, 1972 and 1983. The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena hosted All-Star in 1963, while the Forum hosted the other ’72 and ’83 games. The 1972 classic saw the Lakers’ Jerry West thrill the hometown fans with a last-second jumper that gave the West a 112-110 victory and netted him MVP honors.