Drake to partner with Raptors

Canadian rapper Drake (C) watches play between the Raptors and Suns during the first half of their...

Canadian rapper Drake (C) watches play between the Raptors and Suns during the first half of their NBA game in Toronto, Nov. 30, 2012. (Mike Cassese/Reuters/Files)

JENNY YUEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:07 PM ET

TORONTO - The NBA is bringing its A-game to Hogtown.

National Basketball Association deputy commissioner Adam Silver confirmed Monday during a glitzy press conference that Toronto will host the NBA All-Star game scheduled Feb. 14, 2016.

“The first NBA game we played here in Toronto in 1946 against the New York Knicks, so it’s only fitting that the first all-star game ever played outside the United States would also be played here in Toronto as well,” Silver said.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said the game will usher in $100 million for tourism, but then got a little tongue-tied calling the event the “NDP All-Star.”


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