Rockets bid for 2014 All-Star Game
HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets, the City of Houston and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority submitted a bid to the NBA to host the 2014 All-Star Game at Toyota Center.
The event was most recently in Houston at Toyota Center in 2006, when LeBron James, then 21 years old and with the Cleveland Cavaliers, became the youngest player to win the MVP Award.
"We have submitted an application, and we're one of a number of cities considered and being considered strongly for the game in 2014," Tad Brown, CEO of the Rockets and Toyota Center, said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
"Ever since the All-Star Game was at Toyota Center, we've had conversations with the league about getting it back. We know they had a terrific experience here. The city puts on a great event. The Rockets' staff and Toyota Center, and the proximity with George R. Brown (Convention Center), everything needed for an All-Star Game weekend we feel we have."
If successful, the Rockets would be the host team for one of the NBA's premier events eight years after landing the event in 2006.
"First of all," Brown said, "you do a great job the first time you have it and then you work as hard as you possibly can to make sure the league understands that you are going to do an even better job, an even better event for the customers coming in, for the global audience to see the best players in the world play basketball. And we think we are going to be able to do that."
Brown points out the 2014 All-Star Game is the first one the Rockets and their partners could come together to make a concerted effort to get the job done and bring the event back to Houston.
Making the effort to bring another NBA All-Star Game to Houston was an easy decision, according to Brown.
"It's the right thing to do," Brown said. "It's right thing to do for our city. It's the right thing to do for our fans. It's the right thing to do for everybody for who loves basketball."
Brown said bringing events such as the NBA All-Star Game to Houston became part of Rockets owner Leslie Alexander's mission when his franchise moved into Toyota Center.
"Mr. Alexander committed to everybody here throughout the city, for all the basketball fans, for all the Rockets fans, that we are going to bring as many great events and as many experiences here to Toyota Center as possible," Brown said.
Brown said he will be speaking with officials at the league level about the 2014 event at the upcoming All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
He said he expects a decision on the 2014 game before the end of the year.