NBA commish Adam Silver addressed the media in London and made it clear that the Pacers have a great chance to be named the host for a future NBA All-Star Game, most likely in 2020 or 2021.
The bidding process for those two years has begun and the Pacers have shown their interest bringing the show to Indy for the first time since 1985. We all know Indy hosts big events like now other and with the various basketball configurations available at Lucas Oil Stadium, the actual game may be played there instead of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“I know they are very interested,” Silver said in London. “We’re still talking about some of the logistics in terms of exactly what year and maybe even the possibility of playing in a larger arena. All those things need to be worked through, but I think it’s highly likely that we will return to Indianapolis for an All-Star Game in the near future.”
Considering the comments from Silver and then how often the topic was brought up by Pacers officials in London and during the broadcast of the game, I’d say the Pacers getting the nod is a mere formality at this point. Here are the full comments from Silver.
#NBA Commissioner Adam Silver talks about our owner Herb Simon and the likelihood of an All-Star Game coming to Indianapolis. pic.twitter.com/Sqol6dcPgp— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 12, 2017