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Will NBA All-Star game return to Atlanta?

With the NBA All-Star game being played in Chicago this weekend, the question seems worth asking: Will the event return to Atlanta anytime soon?

“We would love to bring the All-Star game back,” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said Thursday, “but there’s a lot of complexity in doing that.”

The bottom line is that nothing currently is in the works regarding a future NBA All-Star game here, Koonin said.

The game has been played in Atlanta twice — in 1978 at The Omni coliseum and in 2003 at Philips Arena (now named State Farm Arena). The NBA has committed the event to Indianapolis in 2021, Cleveland in 2022 and Salt Lake City in 2023.