All-Star Game in L.A. again in 2013?
Kobe Bryant may not have played in his last All-Star Game in Los Angeles after all.
Not if AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke has anything to say about it.
Leiweke and AEG just finished up throwing this year's NBA All-Star Game and are otherwise engaged with the task of bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles, but they're already thinking about bidding to host the NBA All-Star Weekend again as soon as 2013.
"I think we're going to go right back after it," Leiweke said Thursday night, after accepting the Executive of the Year award at the L.A. Sports Awards. "We'll work with the Lakers and the Clippers to see if either of them want to host it.
"Neither one of them have hosted an All-Star Game in a long time. If either of them want to do it, we'd certainly be partners with them and that would add a twist to the bid. But I think the league, the players, the team owners, everyone had such a great time, and for the city to have a $100 million economic impact like we did here, it would certainly be great to get them right back here."
Orlando is set to host the 2012 All-Star Game, but Leiweke said AEG would focus on a 2013 bid and then go from there.
Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.