Cleveland awarded 2022 All-Star Game 
​ BY TIM SHIRER
SPORTS EDITOR
(CLEVELAND, OH) - On Thursday the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver convened dignitaries and the media together at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland to announce that Cleveland will host the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.

This will be the third time the franchise hosts the All-Star Game. The other two times were in 1981 and again in 1997.

The 1981 game took place in Richfield at the Richfield Coliseum and the East won the game 123-120 and Nate "Tiny" Archibald was named MVP of the game, he played for the Celtics and scored nine points in the contest.

The 1997 game was at then Gund Arena (now Quicken Loans) and was also the NBA's 50th Anniversary and the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History were unveiled on the floor before the game.

The 2022 game will be played in the NBA's 75th Anniversary season. The game was a long time coming as some city and county organizations battled the Cavs organization over funding for the current upgrades to the arena that the NBA said had to be finished before an NBA All-Star game could be played in Cleveland.

After many delays the "The Q Transformation Project" got underway this past summer and will be completed in time for the opening of the 2019-20 Cavaliers season.

Many local leaders including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge were in attendance. During her remarks Fudge let Silver know two things, that he was a very smart man for awarding the All-Star Game to Cleveland and that Cleveland is indeed "The Best Location in the Nation."

No word on whether the NBA will have a 75th Anniversary team and announce it that weekend as in 1997.
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​POSTED 11/01/2018 17:31
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