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Adam Silver Reveals Key Factor Behind Choosing Phoenix for 2027 All-Star Festivities

Feb 17, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NBA Commissioner Adam Silver talks to media during a press conference before NBA All Star Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

After officially announcing that Phoenix will be hosting the 2027 All-Star weekend festivities, commissioner Adam Silver sat down with the Suns’ broadcast booth to discuss how Mat Ishbia managed to achieve such a feat just a year after taking over as owner.

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Silver offered tremendous praise to the Suns’ owner, as well as to the city itself, noting, “This [Phoenix] is a wonderful community; people love to come here.”

When asked what specifically led Silver to choose Phoenix, he stated, “If I had to name one factor, it was Mat Ishbia’s enthusiasm.”

Silver also commented on potential plans to improve the All-Star game, which has recently become a significant controversy as getting players to care has become a serious issue for the NBA.

On the bright side, as the commissioner pointed out, the league still has three more years to figure out how to make All-Star weekend must-see TV.

In addition to securing the NBA All-Star game, it should also be noted that Mat Ishbia landed the WNBA All-Star game in Phoenix this summer. He has become the quickest owner to secure both events in such a short period of time.

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