February 22, 2012 |
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson , NBA Commissioner David Stern and Sacramento Kings ownership are expected to gather at All-Star weekend in Orlando, Fla., to discuss a new arena term sheet to submit to the city council March 6. In a joint news release by Johnson and Stern, the sides expressed confidence about meeting the NBA-imposed March 1 deadline for a plan to finance a new $387-million arena downtown. "Our approach makes good on the principles that have guided us throughout this process: protecting the taxpayers, creating jobs, and pursuing an open and transparent process," Johnson said in the statement.
February 17, 2012 |
Good news for all of those Linatics out there: Jeremy Lin will be taking part in the NBA All-Star weekend. The NBA confirmed that the seemingly out-of-nowhere New York Knicks star will play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 24, giving fans a chance to see the player that the New York Times and USA Today dedicated a combined 13 stories to in their Friday editions. Yeah, he's that big. Linsanity is so big that even NBA Commissioner David Stern apparently is unable to stop it. Stern had told USA Today that Lin would not play because the pool of 18 players had already been chosen.
November 23, 2011 |
A surge in international visitors and huge crowds attending the NBA All-Star weekend and other downtown events have put Los Angeles on track to host a record number of visitors in 2011. "We are forecasting to have more visitors come to Los Angeles than any other year we've ever had," said Mark Liberman, president of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, known as LA Inc. "That is great news. " With a 51% jump in convention room bookings this year and a 16% increase in overseas visitors, the bureau estimates that the city will host more than last year's 25.8 million overnight visitors and surpass the 2007 record of 25.9 million.
February 18, 2011
NBA All-Star weekend at Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. Friday ? NBA All-Star Jam Session, 4-10 p.m. at Convention Center South Hall. Sophomore All-Stars practice, 9:45-10:30 a.m.; rookies practice, 11-11:45 a.m.; both at Jam Session Center Court in South Hall. Tickets through ticketmaster.com. ? ESPN celebrity game, 4-6 p.m. at Jam Session center court, South Hall. (Separate admission.) ? T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam, 6 p.m. at Staples Center; rookies vs. sophomores game.
February 18, 2011 |
Spectacular slam dunks, fancy passes and arching three-point shots are expected to delight fans at this weekend's NBA All-Star game at Staples Center. But the real razzle-dazzle is taking place off the court, before and after the game. A-listers from the film and music world, including Jamie Foxx, Diddy and Justin Bieber, are preparing to mix with current and former NBA players at an avalanche of celebrity-studded events ? concerts, pregame competitions and parties stretching from Hollywood to Venice.
February 17, 2011 |
Let's have a big welcome for the NBA from the home of the former two-time defending champion Lakers ? Oh, right, I guess they're still the two-time defending champions. The All-Star game, which lives here between tours, is back after seven years, in which time we paved paradise, or at least the lots next to the arena, and put up luxury hotels, to go with all our five-star restaurants and the nearby family theme park ? Beverly Hills. Unlike 2004, when Los Angeles got the event and Beverly Hills got the participants, the players and some of the owners are downtown, which, of course, wasn't there, at least in its present form.