Get ready, because the All-Star game is heading to Space City. It's fitting, really, to have the high-flying acrobatics of Blake Griffin and LeBron James and the rest of the NBA superstars gathering in Houston to play the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, as the league awarded the game to the city on Wednesday afternoon.
This marks the third time that the All-Star game will be played in Houston, as the city also hosted the game in 1989 and again in 2006. The 62nd edition of the All-Star game will be played on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Toyota Center.
"I am thrilled the Rockets and the City of Houston have once again brought NBA All-Star to Toyota Center," said Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. "The All-Star Game showcases the best basketball players in the world and will allow our great Rockets fans and the entire community the opportunity to once again experience the best that our league has to offer. The 2006 All-Star Game in Houston was a tremendous success and we plan to set the bar even higher in 2013. We take great pride in Toyota Center's standing as one of the premier venues in the country and are honored to be the first arena in Texas to host the game for a second time." (via NBA.com)
Which Boston Celtics players can we expect to see there? It's too soon to accurately predict, but if I had my guess, it will be Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce and/or Ray Allen. We all love you, Kevin Garnett, but everyone runs out of gas eventually, and it seems like Pierce and Allen have more left in the tank than you do. Or maybe not. Hopefully, you'll prove us all wrong. Meanwhile, this year's All-Star game is being played in Orlando, Florida.