Chicago to host 2020 NBA All-Star weekend

Chicago Bulls to announce the hosting of 2020 NBA All-Star Game

For the first time in what will wind up being more than two decades, the NBA All-Star Game will return to the city of Chicago, Shams Charania of the Vertical reported Thursday afternoon.

The NBA All-Star weekend last took place in the Windy City during the 1987-88 season at the Chicago Bulls' former home, Chicago Stadium. They did not release any details about the content of that announcement.

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The official announcement is expected to come Friday, with National Basketball Association commisoner Adam Silver and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel expected to be in attendance. Chicago has not hosted the NBA All-Star Game since 1988. Jordan scored 40 points in the game and earned his first of three All-Star Game MVP awards. Behind the efforts of Bulls superstar Michael Jordan, the Eastern Conference won 138-133 over the Western Conferece. "We thank Mayor Emanuel, Jerry and Michael Reinsdorf and the entire Bulls organization and look forward to an exciting week of activities celebrating the game of basketball".

Chicago will follow Los Angeles in 2018 and Charlotte in 2019 as All-Star host. Cleveland had previously been vying to host the league's next available All-Star Game, targeting the 2020 and 2021 exhibitions. Captains will now draft players out of a pool of players voted in as starters and reserves, with the lead vote-getter from each conference getting the captain job.

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