The Warriors have formally entered a bid to host the NBA All-Star Game in their soon-to-be-built arena in San Francisco.
This report comes from ESPN, whose sources say that they haven't quite figured out what year they want to host the ASG. That said, ESPN also points out that 2021 would be the earliest that such a deal would go through. The timeframe fits, given that the current scheduled opening (barring any major delays) of the Chase Center a.k.a. the Warriors Arena is set for the 2019-2020 basketball season. That would give the organization a year to work out any possible kinks and wrinkles in their shiny new stadium and allow them to come correct when the 2021 season rolls around.
The last time the Bay hosted the NBA All-Star Game was in 2000 at their current home in Oracle Arena. Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal were named MVPs of the game, with the Western Conference taking the win.
Of course, the idea of an East versus West showdown will soon be a thing of the past, as the NBA announced the 2018 All-Star Game would buck tradition and take on a more "schoolyard-style" format, with team captains picking and choosing players for each team. Warriors Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have already voiced their approval of the new system to the Mercury News. Thompson even went on to make an argument that Curry would likely be one of those captains. He said, "My guess it would be LeBron [James] and Steph because they so popular worldwide." It's not too much of a stretch to imagine, as Curry was certainly one of the more impactful players of the 2017 season.
As well, just last year, the Warriors tried to get the 2017 All-Star Game relocated to Oakland after controversy arose regarding North Carolina's divisive "transgender bathroom bill" resulted in many sporting events to pull out of the state. It was officially held in New Orleans, Louisiana instead.
All that said, ESPN's sources believe that the chances are pretty good that the Warriors will get their wish and get to host the 2021 All-Star Game. They also said that SF's current rival bidders are Cleveland, Milwaukee, Orlando, Detroit, Houston, and Indiana, with all but the last also placing bids for the 2020 season.