Thunder: Lack of hotels keeping Oklahoma City from hosting NBA All-Star game
Trae Young was asked Saturday if he'd like to see the NBA All-Star game in Oklahoma City some day.
"It'd be super fun to get an All-Star game out in OKC," the Hawks guard and former Sooner said. "Being able to go back home and play in front of them would be fun. I think they gotta get maybe one or two more hotels to be able to get it going."
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt tweeted that Young was "spot-on."
"I get this question from time to time," Holt tweeted. "NBA requires 6,000 rooms near the arena and wants them to be four-star. Even with (the) Omni we're just not anywhere near that."
The Omni hotel is set to open in early 2021. It's being built next to Scissortail Park and the new convention center.
Holt shared a 2018 story from the Sacramento Bee after Sacramento's failed bid to host the 2022 All-Star game. To overcome the city's hotel room shortage, Sacramento's proposal included docking cruise ships at the Port of Sacramento.
Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was asked to make a pitch for Oklahoma City.
"I think the fan base is amazing," Gilgeous-Alexander said. "Best fans I've been around in a long time. They're loyal and they love basketball."
Chicago is hosting All-Star weekend for the first time since 1988.