The Los Angeles Lakers may be one of the worst teams in the NBA, and the Los Angeles Clippers can't seem to get over the playoff hump. But their fans at least have something to look forward to in a couple of years.
As first reported by Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Staples Center—the teams' shared home court—will host the 2018 All-Star Game. The NBA formally announced the news on Tuesday, stating the game will be on Feb. 18, 2018.
It will be the venue's third time showcasing the event after bringing the game's best to Los Angeles in 2004 and 2011.
According to Bresnahan, the Clippers and Lakers will share hosting duties during the four-day extravaganza.
Gerald Bourguet of Hoops Habit took a swipe at the 14-55 Lakers shortly after the announcement:
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Gonna be sad when the #Lakers don’t have a single player in their own All-Star Game /ducks https://t.co/pfY6htj3z63/21/2016, 11:52:06 PM
Although the Lakers have struggled, there is a chance one of their young, rising stars in Julius Randle or D'Angelo Russell could appear in the game. The Clippers have a better chance of at least one player representing them in the game considering Blake Griffin and Chris Paul have 14 All-Star appearances between them.
Either way, it will be a marquee event. The NBA does a great job of engaging fans throughout the weekend, and the fact it is in Hollywood will only add to the allure.
If the Lakers don't have an All-Star, at least it will be a short trip to the arena to watch their peers put on a show.