HOUSTON – The NBA's next commissioner, Adam Silver, told CSNNW.com that there is mutual interest from the league and the Portland Trail Blazers to see about bringing All-Star Weekend to the city of Portland.
“They (Trail Blazers) have shown interest and we have interest,” Silver said. “It's an ongoing process. Portland is a great city. We like the idea, but it's something we have to investigate further.”
CSNNW.com reached out to Trail Blazers President Chris McGowan and he acknowledged that there is a desire to bring the showcase to Portland and he added, “It would be great for the city to host the event.”
Silver says Portland has not put in a bid to host the event. The bidding process won't take place until the league is convinced the city can handle hotel accommodations for those that travel to this popular annual event.
Portland lacks the necessary hotel space. In years past, the Trail Blazers threw out the idea of having ocean liners docked, creating a unique Portland-type lodging experience for that could be efficient enough to handle the crowd.
Silver made it clear tonight, that he's all for Portland receiving the event, but says there is more work ahead to make that a reality.
Portland has never hosted the event. All-Star weekend will be held in New Orleans in 2014 and Silver announced today that either Brooklyn or New York will hold it in 2015.