LOS ANGELES - The Celtics have the paperwork in hand to apply to host an NBA All-Star Game as early as 2010. While they are obviously busy with the NBA Finals now, they will make a decision on whether to apply after the championship series ends. The paperwork must be filed by the end of the summer.
"They've expressed interest," said Ski Austin, executive vice president/events and attractions for NBA Entertainment. "[Celtics president] Rich Gotham has met with us a couple of times over the last few years. We have sent them the specs for a formal bid. I think they are doing their due diligence."
The Celtics have no particular year in mind, but the NBA is currently considering sites for 2010-12.
"We are a bit preoccupied right now," Gotham said. "We haven't talked about it recently. It's a great event. We'll talk about it when we have some time during the offseason."
One thing that could aid their All-Star bid is hosting the Finals this year - the NBA has become very familiar with the Garden, Boston officials, and other venues that could play a role in an All-Star Weekend.
"Our experience in working with the NBA on such a huge event as the Finals would help with the All-Star Game," said Gotham. "We have an idea on the scale of it, the global media. And the NBA has experience with us from working the Finals."
Said Austin, "The big-event layout is very similar, so that helps a lot."
Picking a RoseUniversity of Memphis point guard Derrick Rose is expected to spend two days with the Bulls for a workout and interview next week, according to Wasserman Media Group vice president of basketball B.J. Armstrong, the ex-Bulls star.
While many expect the Chicago native to be taken by the Bulls with the top pick in this year's draft, Rose is also expected to visit the Miami Heat, who have the second pick.
Armstrong acknowledged the Bulls have made no commitment to Rose.
"They have to see all the kids," he said. "They have players to see, trade options. We just want them to see who this kid is, do their due diligence."
Armstrong said Rose spent six weeks in Los Angeles working out after finishing up at Memphis. He went to the predraft camp in Orlando for interviews and a physical and is currently in Chicago.
"He's just working out," Armstrong said. "He went home for a couple of days and will be back in LA."