SALT LAKE CITY — Some new signs are mounted throughout downtown Salt Lake City.
As the Utah Jazz continue their push to host a future NBA All-Star Game, several indicators are mounted in the area.
A huge “NBA All-Star Salt Lake” banner is posted outside the Salt Palace Convention Center along with digital all-star logos on the screens of Vivint Arena. The signs have been up since Monday.
The Jazz formally submitted a bid to host an All-Star Game in 2022 or 2023 on Feb. 23.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently visited Salt Lake City for Saturday’s Jazz game against the Sacramento Kings for a tour of the renovated Vivint Arena.
Utah last hosted an NBA All-Star Weekend on Feb. 21, 1993, when hometown heroes John Stockton and Karl Malone shared co-MVP honors so returning in 2023 would mark the 30th anniversary. Jazz coach Quin Snyder tries not to get wrapped up in those decisions but said he would like to see the star-studded showcase return to Utah.
“That’s the obvious answer from my standpoint, is yes,” Snyder said. “I’m not thinking about that, but I have so much confidence in the people that are. If it’s meant to be, it’ll be.”
JINGLES KEEPS SHOOTING: After setting the Jazz franchise record for most 3-pointers made in a single season Saturday night against the Sacramento Kings, Joe Ingles added another trey to his growing list versus Atlanta Tuesday. The Jazz shot just 17.6 percent from 3, but Ingles finished 16 points, seven assists and eight rebounds.
"Like I said, it’s a huge honor to have something like that but Donovan (Mitchell) will have it in a couple years time anyway and you’ll be asking him how it feels to beat my record," Ingles said.
SIGNATURE ITEM: Former Jazz star Thurl Bailey is still a fan favorite in the Utah market for his stellar play on the court and now as a broadcast analyst. But now fans can purchase one of his new creations during home games in Vivint Arena. The Big T Bailey Dog is now available in the upper bowl concourse of the arena at Canyon Sausage. It’s a bacon-wrapped, foot-long polish dog with onions, peppers, relish, and mustard.