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Stern Promises Orlando All-Star Game

Apr 28, 2009 – 8:10 PM
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Tim Povtak

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David SternORLANDO -- NBA Commissioner David Stern came was in Orlando for Game 5, and after touring the still-under-construction Events Center Tuesday afternoon, he promised Magic fans that the NBA All-Star Game soon would be coming back to Orlando. The All-Star Game was here in 1992. The Magic's new arena is scheduled to open for the 2010-11 season. "The All-Star Game is in Orlando's future," Stern said before the game. "This is going to be a darned good building. It's going to be a real 'wow.'"

Stern also cast aside the rumors that he could step down from the job before the current collective bargaining agreement ends after the 2010-11 season, knowing that negotiations for the next CBA could be messy.

"I have the best job in the world. It changes every year. It's still fun going to the office," Stern said. "And I can't do anything else. So I'll try and hang in there. I'm not going anywhere."

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Neither Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy nor Philadelphia coach Tony DiLeo was putting much stock into statistics going into a pivotal Game 5 of the Magic/Sixers series Tuesday night. According to Elias Sports Bureau, there have been 145 best-of-seven series that have been tied at 2-2. Of those, the team that wins Game 5 has won the series 121 times (83.4 percent).

"The only statistic I know is that the team that wins Game 7 wins 100 percent of the time," Sixers DiLeo said. "Our plan is to come in and win a game here then go home. We're going to do everything possible to win here." Van Gundy didn't have much used for the Game 5 statistic either. "Doesn't mean anything," he said.
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