Five reasons to love NBA all-star game in Toronto

Raptors' Terrence Ross took part in the slam dunk competition in New Orleans on Saturday night....

Raptors' Terrence Ross took part in the slam dunk competition in New Orleans on Saturday night. (Getty/photo)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:45 PM ET

When any big-time event comes to Toronto, there are going to be pluses and minuses and that won’t change when the NBA all-star game comes to town in 2016. Having just experienced another all-star weekend, our second in New Orleans in the past six years, we offer this guide to the best and worst of an all-star weekend in your hometown.

5 REASONS TO LOVE THE FACT TORONTO WILL PLAY HOST TO THE ALL-STAR GAME

1. The World comes to Toronto. Yes, we know, we’re already a very diverse culture but there are plenty of people in the NBA that have not experienced Toronto yet and need to (and we’re not just talking about Bill Simmons) not to mention the 215 countries worldwide that televise the event. This is yet another chance to show off our world-class city and perhaps correct some misconceptions about the country we live in. When New Orleans hosted six years ago just after Hurricane Katrina, it proved the city’s ability to host events like these and opened the d


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