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Adam Silver: Upgrades to Quicken Loans Arena must happen before Cleveland gets All-Star game

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Necessary upgrades left ambiguous

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In a discussion with Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, NBA commissioner Adam Silver left open the possibility of Cleveland being awarded a future All-Star game, but put a potentially large condition on the table: renovations of Quicken Loans Arena.

From Haynes' piece:

"They've expressed interest in it and we're waiting for them to get the additional work done on the building," Silver told Northeast Ohio Media Group during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The commissioner wouldn't expound upon the enhancements required to land the event.

This is a pretty great scoop from Haynes. Cleveland has been awarded the 2016 Republican National Convention, and is generally thought to be on the upswing. An event like All-Star weekend being awarded would add to the momentum. Downtown is thriving, and the city has the infrastructure to host it. But maybe the Q doesn't.

It's worth noting that while the Q is the NBA's 9th oldest arena, it's been renovated several times in various ways. The scoreboard is, of course, ridiculously large. It could look a little better from the outside, but it's not worth speculating on what Silver wants done. At some point, Gilbert might have to weigh more renovations against a totally new Arena.