As expected, Houston will host 2013 All-Star game


No, Yao Ming cannot be voted in as starting center one last time. Probably.

For the second time in seven years, the NBA All-Star game will be headed back to Houston, this time for the 2013 game, the league officially announced Wednesday. Houston also was host to the 2006 game.

“Houston is a spectacular sports city, and for one week it will be the basketball capital of the world,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a released statement. “NBA All-Star is a magnificent celebration of our game, and I want to thank the city and the Rockets for welcoming us once again.”

The game will take place on Feb. 17. The entire weekend of festivities will be broadcast on TNT.

This year’s All-Star Weekend will take place in Orlando, at the new Amway Center, Feb. 24-26.

If you’re wondering why your city has not gotten it, cities have to request the game and prove they can handle the crowds, Fan Fest and the rest of it. Not every city wants or has the facilities (such as a convention hall space next to the arena) to handle it.

My bet for 2014 — Brooklyn and the Nets new Barclay Center. Just a guess, but they do want it.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.