Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer had some strong words about the all-star game.
“I would think they [the NBA] would have a moral obligation to give us a second All-Star game since we wouldn’t be getting the All-Star game in the fashion that it was promoted to us,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer acknowledged.
Let’s face it, no other city in the league will be more impacted by this year’s lockout than Orlando, which quite possibly could see its long-awaited All-Star Game and its most-beloved sports star — Dwight Howard — disappear in one foul feud over basketball-related income.
The city and county invested $500 million for a new state-of-the-art arena because, in part, we were led to believe that Howard was staying in town and the All-Star Game festivities were coming to town. Now here we are and Dwight is talking about the allure of playing in a bigger market and our All-Star Game is already the biggest dud this city has seen since Doug Guetzloe.
Mike Bianchi has the full story here.
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